A rare astronomical phenomenon will surprise moongazers on Thursday night, Friday early morning. longest partial lunar eclipseIn 580 years.
For about 3 hours and 28 minutes, the moon will be almost completely eclipsed by the umbra, or the deepest part of the Earth’s shadow, although the eclipse will last more than six hours in total once it begins around 1:02 a.m. Eastern time. There won’t be a noticeable shift in color for about an hour, and the eclipse will peak several hours later, at 4:03 a.m. Eastern.
The event won’t be a full lunar eclipse, but it’s pretty darn close, as up to 99.1% of the moonNASA stated that the surface will cover its maximum extent. The surface will likely take on a blood-red or orange cast at times (this isn’t a proper “blood moon” event), aside from a small sliver on the bottom that will remain pearlescent. Sometimes, the moon is called the Beaver Moon.
You can see large areas of North America as well, North America and northern South America from the moon. As with solar eclipses they don’t require special glasses. Astronomers who want to become astronomers simply need to get up at night and observe the sky, best if it is clear.
NASA stated that the eclipse will be visible in this location. notably long for two main reasons: The shadow is moving slowly because the moon is at its furthest point on its orbit around Earth. And because it’s an almost total eclipse, the moon spends more time in the shadow than in a lesser eclipse.
It’s the second lunar eclipse of the year after one in May that was also a super moon, and the next one will take place in May 2022. The next total solar eclipse won’t take place until 2024.