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Penumbral lunar eclipse: this is how you can see the phenomenon this Monday


Early this Monday a penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible, the last of the year. We tell you how to see it.

(CNN) -

Take a break from Christmas shopping online these days to enjoy the full moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse.

Both events will be visible early this Monday.

Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon, but a penumbral lunar eclipse is different than a total lunar eclipse.

A penumbral eclipse occurs when the moon moves into the twilight or outer shadow of the Earth.

This makes the moon appear darker than normal.

During a total lunar eclipse, the change is more dramatic because the entire moon appears to be a deep red color.

This is the last penumbral eclipse of the year and will be visible to those in North and South America, Australia, and parts of Asia.

Find out here when it will happen in your area.


About 85% of the moon will get darker during the peak or middle phase of the eclipse.

While this type of moon shading effect is visible, the best option to see it is with a telescope, according to NASA.

But don't worry about determining when the moon enters and leaves the gloom, which is not visible even with telescopes.

On November 30, the moon will enter twilight at 2:29 a.m. Miami time and leave twilight at 6:56 a.m. ET.

The peak of the eclipse, when the moon will be darkest, will be at 4:42 am.

Unlike a solar eclipse, you don't need special glasses to view a lunar eclipse.

The moon will also be at its maximum at 4:30 a.m. Miami time on November 30.

Each month has its own name associated with the full moon.

For November, that's the full beaver moon.

It is also known as a full frost moon due to the cold temperatures in November.

Native Americans called it the beaver moon because they associated it when beavers finished building their cabins, made of branches and mud, to prepare for winter.

Whether you're coming out of your winter retreat or just looking out the window, keep an eye on the sky early Monday morning for the final penumbral lunar eclipse of the year.

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Source: cnnespanol

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