Washington: Sky watchers are in luck, as the longest partial lunar eclipse of the century will take place on November 19. It is also the longest eclipse of its kind in almost 600 years.
Lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth. In this case, the partial eclipse phase will last for 3 hours, 28 minutes and 24 seconds, and the total eclipse for 6 hours and 1 minute, making it the longest partial eclipse in 580 years, according to the Observatory. Holcomb of Indiana, located on campus. from Butler University in the United States.
“The longest partial eclipse of the century occurred in the hours before dawn on November 19. This will also be the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years! “the observatory tweeted.
Sky watchers will get a view of a subtly changing moon, which may even take on a reddish hue. This will also be the last lunar eclipse of the year.
According to NASA, the event will begin at approximately 2.19am EST (12.49pm India time) on November 19.
The US space agency said the eclipse will take place in four main phases: At 1.02 a.m. EST, the moon will enter twilight, or the lightest part of the moon’s shadow. This phase is often difficult to detect without special equipment because the darkening is very slight.
The moon will then reach the umbra, or the darkest part of the shadow, at 2.18am EST. For about 3.5 hours, the moon will pass through deep shadow until it leaves the umbra at 5.47am. The eclipse will end at 6.03 am EST.
The maximum eclipse will take place at 4.03 AM EST, when 97 percent of the face of the moon covered by the deepest part of Earth’s shadow will likely turn a deep red, the observatory said.
November’s full moon is traditionally known as the Beaver Moon, as beavers are preparing for winter, hence this month’s Beaver Moon eclipse moniker.
At least part of the eclipse will be visible in North and South America, East Asia, Australia and the Pacific Region, NASA said.
For observers off the US East Coast, the partial eclipse begins a little after 2 a.m. and peaks at 4 a.m. For West Coast watchers, that translates to starting just after 11 p.m. M., With a maximum at 1 a. M.
“Partial lunar eclipses may not be as spectacular as total lunar eclipses, where the moon is completely covered by Earth’s shadow, but they do occur more frequently. And that means more opportunities to witness small changes in our solar system that sometimes happen before our eyes, “said NASA.