The Longest Partial Lunar Eclipse in 580 Years Arrives Overnight Tonight
You'll have to be out late (or early) on Friday, November 19, to catch this one.
A partial lunar eclipse is coming, and it's a lengthy one. It's the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years.
The eclipse will occur early on the morning of Friday, November 19, and it's going to be visible across the entire United States, per Space.com. It won't be a total lunar eclipse that turns the moon entirely red as the Earth passes directly between the sun and moon. It'll be a partial eclipse with the moon mostly obscured by Earth's shadow, but it will be close. Space.com says that 97.4% of the moon's diameter will have slid into the shadow at its peak.
The partial eclipse starts at 2:18 am ET, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's monthly What's Up video. The eclipse will reach its maximum at 4:02 am with just a sliver of the moon sitting outside the Earth's shadow. At that time, most of the moon will take on a slightly ruddy red hue. The partial eclipse will end at 5:47 am.
The entirety of the eclipse will be visible from North America and most of the Pacific Ocean. You can get a sense of where the eclipse will be visible based on the above map from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Everywhere in the darkened portion of the map will have a view of the eclipse.
We're not far from the peak of the Leonid meteor shower, so keep an eye out for shooting stars, too. They may be hard to spot due to interference from the moon's light—moreover, there just aren't that many of them at this point—but you might get lucky and see a shooting star near the partial lunar eclipse.