The Longest Lunar Eclipse in Centuries Will HappenThis Week
You can see the longest partial lunar eclipse in hundreds of years thisweek.
The “nearly total” lunar eclipse is expected overnight Thursday, Nov. 18, toFriday, Nov. 19.NASA says, “The Moon will be so close to opposite the Sunon Nov 19 that it will pass through the southern part of the shadow of theEarth for a nearly total lunar eclipse."The eclipse will last 3 hours,28 minutes and 23 seconds, making it the longest in centuries.
Only a small sliver of the moon will be visible during the eclipse. About97% of the moon will disappear into Earth’s shadow as the sun and moonpass opposite sides of the planet.The moon should appear to be a reddish-browncolor as it slips into the shadow.The eclipse will be visible in many parts ofthe world, including North America, eastern Australia, New Zealand and Japan.“ForU.S. East Coast observers, the partial eclipse begins a little after 2 a.m.,reaching its maximum at 4 in the morning. For observers on the West Coast, thattranslates to beginning just after 11 p.m., with a maximum at 1 a.m.”Youcan check what time is best to watch the eclipse in your town ontimeanddate.com.