23 Mar 2016

Jupiter: Planet to Be Visible Next to Moon Before Wednesday's Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, Experts Say


Observant stargazers will get the chance to see a subtle lunar phenomenon this week.




A penumbral lunar eclipse, occurs when the sun, the Earth and the moon align in an almost straight line. The Earth blocks some of the sun's light from directly reaching the moon's surface and covers a small part of the moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as the penumbra.
The eclipse will be visible throughout North America early Wednesday morning, according to NASA.



Asia, Australia and much of South America will also be able to see the faint shadowing on the moon’s surface because of the spacial alignment.
Sky watchers should also be able to see the planet Jupiter this week.
 Look for the nearly full moon on Thursday and just to the upper right you will see the planet shining brightly, according to National Geographic.