A Three-Hour Lunar Eclipse Will Happen on Friday, the Longest of the Century
Mark your calendars for Friday, because a special astronomical event is fast approaching. On November 19, a three-hour-long partial lunar eclipse will take place, and it will be the longest of this century, according to NASA.
It will last a total of three hours, 28 minutes, and 23 seconds. And according to Holcomb Observatory at Butler University, Indiana, it could possibly even be the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years.
A partial lunar eclipse takes place when the moon passes through a portion of the umbra of the Earth’s shadow. Friday’s eclipse can be called a near-total eclipse as the Earth’s shadow will cover approximately 97 percent of the full moon.
The momentous event will be visible from North America and the Pacific Ocean, Alaska, Western Europe, eastern Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Sadly, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), explained that it might be difficult to see the eclipse from the Philippines.
“The eclipse will begin at 2:03 P.M. and will end at 8:04 P.M., however, the Moon is about to rise at around 5:22 P.M. This means that by the time the Moon reaches 19° above the horizon, the eclipse has already ended,” explained PAGASA.
As stargazers know, North Americans coined special names for each moon to coincide with the changing seasons. November’s full moon is known as the Beaver Moon as beavers tend to prepare for the winter during this time.
It’s going to be a big moment for astronomy, so even if you can’t see the moon on your own, the Internet has your back.