Sunday, March 24, 2024

Lunar Eclipse Tonight

The full moon of March, tonight's moon, is often called the Worm Moon. In places with cold winters, like here, the ground is thawing and the worms are waking. We begin to see robins foraging on the ground again. Click to enlarge.

Tonight, as the full worm moon crosses the sky, it will pass through the outermost part of the earth's shadow, the penumbra.

The eclipse will be subtle, though. Instead of the dramatic blood red moon we see when it passes through the darkest part of Earth's shadow, tonight will be a mere dimming. You might not even notice the difference. Still, it's fun to stay up late just to go out and look at the sky. 

By Philadelphia time, the eclipse will begin at 12:53 a.m., reach maximum at 3:12 a.m., and end at 5:30 a.m. 

And remember, the words of Ai Yazawa from the magna comic series, Nana (volume 14): "...even when the moon looks like it's waning... it's actually never changing shape."

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