I saw this recently on LiveScience – Don’t miss the longest partial lunar eclipse of the century next week: https://www.livescience.com/longest-partial-lunar-eclipse-november. Longer article as I didn’t see this last week, I thought it was important to announce it today.
By Ben Turner November 10, 2021
The partial eclipse takes place next week on the morning of Nov. 19.
The longest partial lunar eclipse of the century is due to take place next week between Nov. 18 and. 19, and the gorgeous phenomenon will be visible in all 50 U.S. states.
NASA forecasts that the almost-total eclipse of the Micro Beaver Full Moon will last around 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds — beginning at approximately 2:19 a.m. EST (7:19 a.m. UTC); reaching its maximum around 4 a.m. EST (9 a.m. UTC); and ending at 5:47 a.m. EST (10:47 a.m. UTC). The Micro Beaver moon is so named because it occurs when the moon is at the farthest point from Earth and in the lead-up to beaver-trapping season.
The partial lunar eclipse, when Earth’s shadow covers 97% of the full moon, will be the longest of the century by far, dwarfing the duration of the longest total lunar eclipse this century, which took place in 2018 and stretched to 1 hour and 43 minutes. The forthcoming eclipse will also be the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years, according to the Holcomb Observatory at Butler University, Indiana.
Lunar eclipses happen when Earth slides between the moon and the sun, so that our planet’s shadow eclipses or “falls on” the moon. The shadow can block all, or in the case of a partial eclipse most, of the sun’s light and paint the moon a dark, rusty red.