PHOTOS: Weekend Night Sky Hosted Lunar Eclipse, Hunter's Moon

By , Senior Meteorologist
October 22, 2013; 10:01 AM ET
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While not the most spectacular lunar eclipse, the moon still put on a show for astronomy fans on Friday evening.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow. Depending on what part of the shadow the moon passes through will determine how vivid the lunar eclipse is.

"Shadows have three parts--the umbra, penumbra and antumbra, which are used to describe the relation of the shadow to the degree of light casting it," reported Staff Writer Samantha-Rae Tuthill.

"The umbra is where the shadow is deepest, as the light source is fully blocked by the object casting the shadow. The penumbra and antumbra occur on the edges of the umbra where some of the light source lessens the shadow," Tuthill continued.

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"The light cast on the moon during a penumbral eclipse obscures the view of the shadow cast, making the eclipse hard to notice."

Friday evening's eclipse was a penumbral one, but some astronomy fans were still able to view and capture the slight dimming of the moon.

Photo taken by Astronomy Facebook fan Dana W. in Rhode Island at 8:17 p.m. EDT Friday. Astronomy Facebook fan Barbie Page W. captured this image of the moon in Maine Friday evening. Astronomy Facebook fan Amy K. combined two photos, taken in Mechanicsburg, Pa., to show the moon's appearance during and after the eclipse.

Photo taken by Astronomy Facebook fan Matthew S. in Dryden, N.Y., Friday evening.

Photo taken by Astronomy Facebook fan Loretta S. Friday evening.

The moon Friday night was also an impressive Full Hunter's Moon- the name given for a full October moon.

The Hunter's Moon setting. Photo by Dorothy Abraham Rubinstein.

Darkened trees frame this moon-filled sky. Photo by Kristine Johnson.

An eerie glimpse of the full moon, just in time for Halloween. Photo by Donna Anderson.

The moon glows in the Rhode Island sky. Photo by Deb Kestler.

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