Total Penumbral Eclipse on February 10./11., 2017

Tonight we had a total penumbral eclipse of the Moon, which was visible from the eastern parts of China, Europe, Africa to the Americas in the West. In North Texas it occurred at its maximum at 6:43pm CST.

What is a penumbral eclipse? A total penumbral eclipse is a lunar eclipse that occurs when the moon becomes completely immersed in the penumbral cone of the Earth without touching the umbra. It is a narrow path for the moon to pass within the penumbra and outside the umbra. It can happen on the Earth’s northern or southern penumbral edges.


The Moon minutes before its maximum penumbral eclipse


The Moon at its maximum penumbral eclipse at 6:43pm CST on February 10, 2017

Thoughts of A Texas Fox Squirrel

Today, Mr. Squirrel jumped over the fence for some nibbles in our yard. First he had a bite to eat. Then some garden pots and a bucket got his attention, before he climbed up the bar chair to get more food. Here are some photos and “thoughts” of his visit.