A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on Wesak Poya Day

A Penumbral lunar eclipse is visible to Sri Lanka on 5th May, 2023, the Wesak Poya day. Eclipse starts at 20:44, mid eclipse occurs at 22:53 and it ends at 01:02. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s penumbra, the outer part of the shadow that the Earth casts in space. During this type of eclipse, the Moon appears slightly dimmer than usual, but it does not become completely dark or red like it does during a total lunar eclipse.

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