The Longest Partial Eclipse of the Century is Approaching Fast

The Longest Partial Eclipse of the Century is Approaching Fast
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Those who are amazed by the weird shapes that the Moon can take right before our sight have the chance to feast their eyes on the longest partial eclipse of the century. It will last enough so that nobody will be able to miss it: three hours and a half.

The upcoming eclipse will be unfolding soon enough on the sky – on November 19, meaning shortly before Thanksgiving. NASA brought the information about both the duration and the date of the eclipse.

Lasting longer than any other eclipse between 2001 and 2100

However, you may still need to forget a bit about your sleeping schedule if you’re willing to see the upcoming eclipse. The phenomenon will take place starting at about 2:20 a.m., and it shall reach its peak at 4 a.m.. More than 95% of the Moon will be obscured by the eclipse. The entire process will face its ending at 5:47 am.

What’s happening during a partial lunar eclipse? For those unaware, the Moon goes into the shadow of the Earth and blocks the sunlight.

A statement quoted by EarthSky.org adds more details about the upcoming event:

With a just thin sliver of the moon exposed to direct sun at maximum eclipse, the rest of the moon should take on the characteristically ruddy colors of a total lunar eclipse.

On the other hand, a total eclipse of the Moon is when our natural satellite is entirely blocked out. The Moon will be completely darkened by our planet’s shadow.

There are plenty of interesting cosmic events that we can still witness until 2021 ends. For instance, there is the Leonid Meteor Shower on Nov. 17, the Super New Moon on December 4, the Geminid Meteors on December 13 and 14, the December Solstice on December 21, and the Ursid Meteors on December 22 and 23.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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