To be seen in Ukraine: on May 5 an unusual lunar eclipse awaits the Earth

Yulia LoseynkoLife

Already this Friday one of the brightest celestial phenomena will happen over the Earth - a lunar eclipse. It will be Penumbra and can be seen in Ukraine.

As edition reports, the Moon's disk, which has entered the penumbra of the Earth, will be darkened, but the star will not disappear completely. This phenomenon will start at 18:15 Kyiv time and will be visible from any point of the globe where the Moon is above the horizon. Thus, the dimming will be visible in Eastern Europe, Asia, Oceania, Antarctica, and East and Central Africa. The dimming will peak at 8:24 p.m. Kyiv time, and the Moon will be completely out of the shadow at 10:32 p.m.


Like all lunar eclipses, penumbra eclipses result from the Earth passing between the Moon and the Sun, when all three bodies line up. As a result, our planet's shadow falls on the surface of its natural satellite and it loses its luminosity because the Earth blocks the sunlight that is reflected from this surface. Most often visually, the disk of the Moon becomes blood-red during the dimming.

A penumbra dimming occurs when the Moon passes into the lighter outer region of the Earth's shadow, which is called the penumbra. This is the area where the Earth visually covers only part of the solar disk, rather than blocking it completely. Thus, light still reaches the lunar surface - making the object's disk dim to the Earth observer, but still somewhat illuminated. Therefore, half-shadow eclipses of the Moon are more difficult to observe than full eclipses - it is not always possible to see them with the naked eye.

This time, earthlings will be lucky enough to see the deepest penumbra eclipse from February 2017 through September 2042. Therefore, it will be possible to observe it directly without additional instruments. At the same time, the visible diameter of the Moon will be 0.13% less than average, and the distance of the object from the Earth will be 380,236 km. Ukrainians will be able to observe the phenomenon when the Moon rises on the horizon.

Earlier OBOZREVATEL published a photo of the northern lights, which Ukrainians unexpectedly see in the evening on April 23.

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