On October 28th, the Earth will pass between the Moon and the Sun. Consequently, the shadow cast by the Earth will partially eclipse the Moon.
The Earth’s shadow has two components, a component with a larger radius – the penumbra, and another with a smaller radius- the umbra. On this day, the Moon will cross the Earth’s penumbra and intercept a small portion of the umbra, hence the designation of partial eclipse.
Eclipse data for Monsaraz. Time and altitude of the Moon in the sky:
|Penumbral eclipse start:
|Umbral eclipse start:
|Umbral eclipse maximum:
|Umbral eclipse end:
|Penumbral eclipse end:
What can we see? The Moon should reach a relative magnitude of +0.12, which means, it will have an accumulated luminosity comparable to that of the star Vega, which has a relative magnitude of +0.03. For comparison, the Sun has a relative magnitude of -26.74 and the full (non-eclipsed) Moon of 12.6! During the umbral phase of the eclipse, it will be possible to distinguish a region of reddish tone due to Rayleigh Scattering.
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