A Super Bright Jupiter Will Be Visible During Tomorrow's Lunar Eclipse

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 - 1:42PM
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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 - 1:42PM
A Super Bright Jupiter Will Be Visible During Tomorrow's Lunar Eclipse
Tomorrow morning, a lunar eclipse will be visible from Earth when the Moon moves into Earth's shadow and makes the whole world a little bit darker. But at the same time, another part of the sky will be a little bit brighter, as Jupiter will be especially bright in the night sky while the lunar eclipse is occurring. 

The lunar eclipse will occur for four hours and fifteen minutes tomorrow morning, peaking at 7:48am ET. But since it's a penumbral lunar eclipse--which means the Moon is moving through the outer part of the Earth's shadow rather than the darker, inner part--the lunar eclipse will be more subtle, and therefore difficult to spot with the naked eye (although not impossible). It may only be visible from the US and other parts of North America for a few minutes, right around the peak time tomorrow morning. 

What will be much more visible is Jupiter, which will be extremely bright during the peak time of the lunar eclipse. Jupiter's brightness is set to hit a -2.5 magnitude, while the full moon will be extremely bright even during the eclipse, at -12.4 magnitude. To put that into perspective, the Sun has a brightness of -27 magnitude, while the brightest planet, Venus, has a brightness of -5, so you'll definitely want to get up a little early to see this spectacle.

Via Space.com

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