The longest lunar eclipse in centuries will happen tonight

Posted: November 18, 2021 by oldbrew in moon, solar system dynamics

November 19, 2021 lunar eclipse [credit: NASA]

For UK observers the best time to look will be about 7-8:00 am Friday morning (19th Nov.) depending on location, e.g. Manchester. [Click on image to enlarge the eclipse map]
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You can see the longest partial lunar eclipse in hundreds of years this week.

The “nearly total” lunar eclipse is expected overnight Thursday, Nov. 18, to Friday, Nov. 19, NASA said.

“The Moon will be so close to opposite the Sun on Nov 19 that it will pass through the southern part of the shadow of the Earth for a nearly total lunar eclipse,” NASA said on its website.

The eclipse will last 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds, making it the longest in centuries, Space.com reported.

Only a small sliver of the moon will be visible during the eclipse. About 97% of the moon will disappear into Earth’s shadow as the sun and moon pass opposite sides of the planet, EarthSky reported.

The moon should appear to be a reddish-brown color as it slips into the shadow, NASA reported.

Full article here.
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More from Phys.org — Moon lighting: partial lunar eclipse to be longest since 1440

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    From the moment the eclipse proper begins—when the Moon enters the Earth’s shadow—to when it ends will take more than three hours and 28 minutes.

    That is the longest partial eclipse since 1440—around the time Johannes Gutenberg invented his printing press—and won’t be beaten until the far-off future of 2669.

    The good news for Moonwatchers, however, is that they won’t have to wait that long for another show—there will be a longer total lunar eclipse on November 8 next year, NASA says. [bold added]

    https://phys.org/news/2021-11-moon-partial-lunar-eclipse-longest.html

  2. Enjoy, all we see from Houston Texas is a Very Full Moon, and a good clear night to see it.

    On Thu, Nov 18, 2021 at 3:06 PM Tallbloke’s Talkshop wrote:

    > oldbrew posted: “For UK observers the best time to look will be about > 7-8:00 am Friday morning (19th Nov.) depending on location, e.g. > Manchester. [Click on image to enlarge the eclipse map] – – – You can see > the longest partial lunar eclipse in hundreds of years this wee” >

  3. tallbloke says:

  4. oldbrew says:

    Too cloudy 😑

  5. tallbloke says:

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