Lunar eclipse to add to festivities on Loy Krathong

Friday, 23 November 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 47

Nov. 28 lunar eclipse to add to Loy Krathong festivities

Look for penumbral lunar eclipse on November 28

This year will be a very special Loy Krathong, as a penumbral lunar eclipse will cross the night sky between 19:15 and 23:50 (Thai time).  So, whilst floating your krathongs, have a look to the sky for this somewhat rare celestial event.

This year will be a very special Loy Krathong, as a penumbral lunar eclipse will cross the night sky between 19:15 and 23:50 (Thai time).  So, whilst floating your krathongs, have a look to the sky for this somewhat rare celestial event.

The path of the penumbral lunar eclipse on November 28.  Thailand s in the area that will experience the entire eclipse, weather permitting. The path of the penumbral lunar eclipse on November 28.  Thailand s in the area that will experience the entire eclipse, weather permitting.

The penumbral lunar eclipse on November 28, 2012, will be the last eclipse of the year. The entire event will be visible here in Pattaya, weather permitting.

Here are the key times for the lunar eclipse:

* Penumbral eclipse starts - 19:15 (in Thailand)

* Greatest eclipse - 21:35 (in Thailand)

* Penumbral eclipse ends - 23:50 (in Thailand)

This eclipse will have a magnitude of 0.9155. The start of the eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye. For about 30 minutes before and after the eclipse’s maximum, a light grey shading will be seen along the moon’s northern limb.

The penumbral lunar eclipse is one of 4 eclipses in 2012. Other eclipses for the year were:

* An annular solar eclipse on May 20-21, 2012

* A partial lunar eclipse on June 4, 2012

* A total solar eclipse on November 13-14, 2012

Note: Eclipse information courtesy of Fred Espenak, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and P. Harrington, author of Eclipse!

For more information, start by visiting http://www. timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar-eclipse-november-2012.html and go from there.

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