Astronomy & Falak Syarie in Brunei Darussalam

Bandar Seri Begawan – A subtle darkened shading on the Moon was detected during the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in the early hours from Brunei Darussalam on May 06, 2023.

The Moon dimmed slightly because it did not pass through the dark umbral shadow. These photos were taken during the mid-eclipse at 01:22 a.m., when the full moon was almost fully passed through the Earth’s penumbral shadow:

Photo above: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on May 06, 2023 from Brunei Darussalam (Photo by PABD)
Photo above: Circling Moon halo during the eclipse

The phenomenon started at 11.13 pm on May 05, 2023, when the Full Moon entered a penumbral lunar eclipse and lasted for 258 minutes.

During this lunar eclipse, the moon will drop almost completely outside the Earth’s dark umbral shadow, and touch only the diffused shadow’s outer zone, known as the penumbra.

The dark shading during penumbral eclipse of the moon was much subtle and challenging to observe comparing to during partial or total lunar eclipse. Nevertheless, the Earth’s shadow casts on the moon can be noticeable especially on photographs.

This eclipse is most visible in the Eastern Hemisphere – eastern Africa, eastern Asia, Australia and southern New Zealand.

On October 29 this year, Brunei Darussalam will experience another lunar eclipse which will be a partial obscuration.

Photo above: Full Moon just few minutes after the eclipse commenced at 11:36 p.m.
Photo above: The penumbral Earth’s shadow was seen over the top ride side of the Moon during the greatest eclipse, 01:22 a.m. from Brunei Darussalam

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