Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, the celestial phenomenon happening this Friday night

Stargazers, you can catch a glimpse of the deepest penumbral lunar eclipse since February 2017 and until September 2042!

The celestial phenomenon will take place tonight May 5, 2023 at 11:12 PM to 3:34 AM tomorrow, so it is something you should grab the chance to witness as it is before you. Penumbral lunar eclipses are safe to watch unlike solar eclipses. So you can look up as much as you want and hold your gaze for as long as it is there without any worries.

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When the Earth passes in front of the sun and the moon, a penumbral lunar eclipse happens, which casts a shadow on the moon. The moon only travels across the penumbra or the outer edge of Earth’s shadow, therefore this shadow is not a total blackout. The moon now seems slightly darker and more reddish as a result. The impact is much subtler than a total lunar eclipse as the moon does not totally vanish.

Penumbral lunar eclipses only happen on full moons, with the full moon in May being known as the Flower Moon due to the abundance of flowers that bloom during this season.

In astrology, the spectacle also takes place in Scorpio, which denotes a period of emotional change and release. Scorpio is linked to intense feelings, unspoken desires, and secrets. The eclipse can reveal suppressed emotions, promoting healing and personal development. Overall, the eclipse’s influence encourages us to explore our innermost selves and accept change.

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Whatever it means or even if it means nothing at all to you, if you are a lover of the sky, you can be treated to a stunning view of the event. 

Penumbral lunar eclipses are relatively rare. Although they occur more frequently than total lunar eclipses, they are still a remarkable sight to behold. The Moon will appear to have been slightly bitten, with the lunar surface taking on a subtle, reddish hue, still consider yourself lucky if you get to see it for yourself! 

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