Glossary term: Penumbra

Description: The penumbra (Latin for "almost shadow") is the outer, less dark, part of the shadow cast onto a body during an eclipse, in which the light is only partially blocked. For example, in a solar eclipse, observers in the penumbra region will see the Moon only partially cover the Sun and experience a partial eclipse only.

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