Double bill of lunar treats

Sky-watchers in Lancashire were treated to a double bill of lunar treats last night.

Saturday, 11th February 2017, 12:31 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 12:36 pm
The Snow Moon

February’s full moon is named the Snow moon, because in the US this is traditionally the snowiest time of year and if that wasn’t enough it was followed by a penumbral lunar eclipse, A penumbral eclipse is when the moon crosses a peripheral region of the Earth’s shadow. Usually a faint shadow will form on the moon’s surface, and the moon will appear less bright. However February’s penumbral eclipse is unusual, because most of the moon’s face will cross the Earth’s shadow, making it appear much darker. These striking images were captured by Sonia Bashir

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The eclipse
The eclipse