February 2017 penumbral lunar eclipse to be visible from Sofia – clouds permitting

Bulgaria’s capital Sofia will be among places from which the penumbral lunar eclipse in the early hours of February 11 2017 will be visible – forecast cloudy weather permitting, that is.

Lasting about four hours and 20 minutes, the penumbral lunar eclipse will begin at about 00.34am on February 11 and peak at 2.43am. It ends at 4.53am.

Weather forecasts for that time predict skies ranging from partly cloudy to cloudy. If you are going to attempt gazing at the moon over Sofia in the wee hours of Saturday, when by the way the Full Moon is at 2.32am, dress warmly. Forecast temperatures for that time of the early morning are between minus two and minus three degrees Celsius, but with some wind, will feel chillier.

A penumbral lunar eclipse happens when the Sun, Earth and Moon align in an almost straight line and the Moon moves through the outer part of Earth’s shadow – technically known as its penumbra.

(Main photo: Nasa)



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