Penumbral lunar eclipse earlier today

Hakim Hayat

A penumbral lunar eclipse was witnessed in Brunei’s skies early today from 1.45-5.04am.

A live feed of the phenomenon was broadcast from the Mini Observatory Hall on the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam’s social media page. According to the Astronomical Society the full moon crossed the penumbral shadow of the Earth to cause only slightly dimming on the moon. The greatest or peak of the eclipse occurred at 3.24am, when 56 per cent of the moon was positioned deep into the penumbra.

“Since no part of the moon enters the Earth’s much darker umbra, a subtle darkening on the moon during this type of eclipse is expected, and it might be difficult to distinguish with the naked eyes,” the society said on its social media account yesterday.