Flower Full Moon Lunar EclipseFlower Full Moon Lunar Eclipse – A penumbral lunar eclipse will take place on May 24/25, 2013, the second of three lunar eclipses in 2013.

It will be visually imperceptible due to the small entry into the penumbral shadow.

During this penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon will only pass into

the Earth’s outer shadow — the penumbra — which is much fainter and more diffuse compared with the much sharper and darker shadow known as the umbra.

Flower Full Moon Lunar Eclipse – May In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the

Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra (shadow). This can occur

only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned (in “syzygy”) exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, a lunar eclipse can only occur

the night of a full moon. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon’s location relative to its orbital nodes. Unlike a solar eclipse, which can

only be viewed from a certain relatively small area of the world, a lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of the Earth. A lunar eclipse

lasts for a few hours, whereas a total solar eclipse lasts for only a few minutes at any given place, due to the smaller size of the moon’s shadow. Also

unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view without any eye protection or special precautions, as they are no brighter (indeed dimmer) than the full

moon itself.

Frequency

 

This occurs in a relatively small fraction of lunar eclipses, and the distribution of these

events is uneven, occurring between 0 and 9 times per century. The period of this variation is about 600 years and also correlates with the frequency of total

umbral eclipses and tetrads.

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