PAGASA: Partial penumbral lunar eclipse to be observed in PH on November 30

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 29) — Filipinos may have a chance to witness a partial penumbral lunar eclipse starting Monday afternoon.

State weather bureau PAGASA said in its advisory on Sunday that the partial penumbral eclipse will be visible in the country, with the moon entering penumbra at 3:32 p.m. and ending at 7:53 p.m.

A penumbra refers to a partially shaded outer region of a shadow that an object casts, while a penumbral eclipse is an event when the moon passes through the faint penumbral portion of the earth's shadow, PAGASA explained.

However, observers may have to bring binoculars or a small telescope to see the shadowed part better, as it is only a bit fainter than the rest of the moon.

"The eclipse may be undetectable unless at least half of the moon enters the penumbra," PAGASA also said.

The eclipse will also be observed in Northwest Europe, the Americas, Oceania, and most of Asia.

A total lunar eclipse will be observed on May 26, 2021, the state weather bureau added.