October 18 2013 the Hunter’s Moon rose into the darkening night. It also rose into the outer part of the Earth’s shadow creating a Penumbral Eclipse. “There are three kinds of lunar eclipses: total, partial and penumbral… In a penumbral lunar eclipse, only the more diffuse outer shadow of Earth falls on the moon’s face. This third kind of lunar eclipse is much more subtle, and much more difficult to observe, than either a total or partial eclipse of the moon. There is never a dark bite taken out of the moon, as in a partial eclipse. The eclipse never progresses to reach the dramatic minutes of totality. At best, at mid-eclipse, very observant people will notice a dark shading on the moon’s face. Others will look and notice nothing at all.” (Info thanks to EarthSky, a great resource for looking to the heavens.)
October 18 2013, Boston, Massachusetts USA
Image on the left was taken at 7:58pm, 8 minutes after mid-eclipse, maximum shadow.
The second image was taken at 10:17pm, a “normal” Hunter’s Moon after the eclipse ended.
Both shot handheld using Canon PowerShot SX50 HS at max zoom 215mm (1200mm SLR equivalent)
Penumbral: 1/500 sec at f/6.5, ISO 100, Hunter’s full moon: 1/1600 sec at f/6.5, ISO 200