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Look Up! A Lunar Eclipse is Coinciding With a Super-Bright Jupiter Tomorrow

On 23rd of March, we’ will get to witness a beautiful lunar eclipse. In lunar Eclipse, the moon comes into Earth’s shadow to ever-so-slightly darken the night sky. It’s a very cool event for everybody, but only those of people with the strongest eyesight will be completely able to see the darkening of the Moon. This time penumbral lunar eclipse will be accompanied by Jupiter. At the peak of Wednesday's penumbral lunar eclipse at 7:48am ET (6:48am CT, 10:48pm AEST), Jupiter will be much brighter than normal, and it will appear like a big, bright star just right next to the considerably darkened full moon.
The Moon, next to Jupiter and its four moons, photographed in 2015. Image Credit: Wang, Letian

It’s estimated that during this penumbral lunar eclipse, Jupiter’s brightness will reach a -2.5 magnitude, and the full moon, even during the eclipse, will still be exceptionally bright at -12.4 magnitude.

So the people in the central and western United States will be in the finest location to see the slightly darkened Moon, but parts of eastern Australia, New Zealand, Japan, central and eastern Asia, and the Pacific could also catch a sight of the event.

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves into the outer part of Earth’s shadow, rather than the through all or portion of the central shadow.

This particular eclipse is projected to last for almost 4 hours and 15 minutes on Wednesday morning (March 23).

"About that time, even a casual observer - if he or she is looking hard enough - should be able to note a slight diminution of light corresponding to a ‘smudged' or ‘soiled’ appearance of the Moon’s lower limb," Joe Rao reports for

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