On Friday, people in some parts of the globe have the opportunity to observe the lunar eclipse. This is one of the longest of its kind in the last millennium, with a total duration of about six hours. In Poland, there is a chance to observe it, but not everywhere.
On Friday, at 7:02 am, the penumbra lunar eclipse began. Then, at 8:18 a.m. there will be a partial eclipse. Most of our natural satellite’s disc will be obscured at 10.02. The partial eclipse will end at 11.47, while the whole phenomenon will cease to be visible at 13.03. In many parts of the globe, up to 97 percent of the Silver Globe shield will remain in the shadows.
In Poland, the chance to observe this phenomenon is only in its initial phase, as the Moon will be beyond the horizon for most of the eclipse. Additionally, the eclipse in our country should be visible only in the western regions.
This time the inhabitants of North America have an opportunity to see the phenomenon from start to finish. Favorable conditions for observation also prevail in Western Europe, South America, Australia and Oceania, Western Africa and a large part of Russia, especially in its eastern regions.
Apart from eastern Poland, the inhabitants of parts of Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East should not count on admiring the eclipse.
As the moon is near its apogee, Friday’s eclipse is the longest of its kind in approximately 1,000 years.
Lunar Eclipse – How to Watch?
The lunar eclipse is one of the simplest phenomena to observe. All you have to do is get out into the air at a given time and look at our satellite. You do not need any devices for regular observation, although to see as many details as possible, it is worth having, for example, binoculars with you.
Lunar eclipse – what is it?
A lunar eclipse occurs during a full moon. At this time, our natural satellite, the Earth and the sun align. The planet blocks sunlight from reaching the moon, leaving some of it in shadow.
In the event of a November eclipse, only the lower edge of the moon will be illuminated. The remainder of the dial will turn reddish. Where does this color come from? This is because of the oxygen and nitrogen molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere. They are better at scattering certain shorter wavelengths of light (blue or purple), so longer wavelength colors (red, orange or yellow) are visible longer. When the Moon is in the shadow of the Earth, reddish colors predominate.
When is the next eclipse?
The November lunar eclipse will be the second of its kind in 2021. Two weeks later, on December 4, 2021, there will be a total solar eclipse.
In turn, we will have to wait for the next lunar eclipse on May 16, 2022.
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