There will be a full moon on the 28th (tonight) and a Lunar Eclipse on the 29th(tomorrow morning). It’s called a penumbral lunar eclipse so the moon goes dark, but it’s not very dramatic as other types of eclipses. I’ll be out watching it happen provided we don’t have fog in the morning. Here are the times (for San Diego area):
- moonrise is at 4:40 pm
- Full moon at 6:46 pm
- Moonset is at 7:36 am
- Greatest eclipse is at 6:33 am
- Sunrise is at 6:58 am
Got this data from the website:
In North America, we often call the November full moon the Frosty Moon or Beaver Moon. This year, the November full moon gives the world its smallest full moon of the year – and in North America, a penumbral eclipse of the moon before sunrise November 28. In the world’s Eastern Hemisphere – Europe, Africa, Asia, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand – the penumbral lunar eclipse takes place after sunset November 28.
Before you set your alarm clocks, please be forewarned. A penumbral lunar eclipse is quite subtle and not nearly as stark and obvious as an umbral eclipse of the moon. During an umbral lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the umbra – the Earth’s dark, cone-shaped shadow. During a penumbral eclipse, the moon passes through the light penumbral shadow surrounding the umbra. (See feature diagram at top.) Your best chance of noticing any penumbral shadow on the moon’s surface is at mid-eclipse (greatest eclipse) in a dark sky not obscured by dusk or dawn.