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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

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During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Nature9 months ago

    Description  by Owed to Nature

    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.


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    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete1009 months ago

    I wanted to photograp this so much but…you know where I was at that time? The Jack O Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo….glad you got this to post…!!!

  • Thanks Lorraine! Glad that photographs could confirm what my eyes weren’t sure I was seeing… eclipse’s shadow was so subtle had I not read about it beforehand, I’d have no idea it was happening. Glad to hear you made it to Roger Williams… still on my wishlist of places to visit. So, I’ll share my lunar images and will look for yours to share what it’s like at the Zoo. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Lou-Garew
    Lou-Garew9 months ago

    Cool shot and interesting read, too…I had heard of the penumbral eclipse but have never actually understood it…you’ve put it together nicely for me! Thank you!!

  • Totally my honor and pleasure. ;-) I’d not heard of a prenumbral eclipse until a few weeks ago and found it hard to wrap my head around all I’d read. But once I saw it (or barely saw it is a better description of the experience) it finally made sense. Thrilled the images documented what I wasn’t sure I really saw… And to share my new-found knowledge! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeon9 months ago

  • Thank you Lynn!

    – Owed to Nature

  • trish725
    trish7259 months ago

  • So many more heartfelt Thanks to you for your generosity and Feature! ;-)))))
    p.s. Can’t help but feel how apropo it is for this image in this group because even though I did see this eclipse, it was so easy to miss its oh-so subtle effects even while you were looking right at it.

    – Owed to Nature

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedman9 months ago

    Fascinating! Thanks so much for the education!!

  • Thank you Heather! Finding out about the penumbral eclipse was an education and interesting adventure for me too. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep9 months ago

    Congratulations!! Featured! International Women’s Photography!! Excellent work! Gena

  • Thank you so much for featuring this image and letting me share the wonder of the penumbral eclipse. Such a subtle, easily overlooked phenomenon that I knew nothing of before. But now that I’m aware, fascinates me even more with the wonders and nuances of Nature…

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrenton9 months ago

    October 27,2013

  • Thank you very much Ann for the honor and chance to share my experience of this fascinating lunar occurrence… Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Nicole  McKinney
    Nicole McKinney9 months ago

    Congrats on your well deserved features! Interesting and educational, oh, and beautiful too!

  • THANK YOU Nicole! So pleased you read the description of this “low-key” eclipse and came out as fascinated as I was. ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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