On Friday, people in some parts of the world have the opportunity to observe a lunar eclipse. This is one of the longest-running phenomena of this kind in the past millennium, with a total duration of about six hours. Pictures of the phenomenon coming from the world.
On Friday at 7:02 a.m. the semi-visible lunar eclipse began, then at 8:18 a.m. there was a partial eclipse. In Poland, the opportunity to notice this phenomenon was in its first stage and only in the western regions. For most eclipses, the moon is behind the horizon.
Most of the normal satellite disk was obscured at 10.02. The partial eclipse ended at 11.47, while the whole phenomenon will stop appearing at 13.03. In many parts of the world, up to 97 percent of the Silver Globe’s armor will remain in the shadows, it was previously reported.
Lunar eclipse. Where is it visible
This time North Americans have a chance to see the phenomenon from start to finish. Favorable conditions for observation also prevail in Western Europe, South America, Australia, Oceania, West Africa and a significant part of Russia, especially in its eastern regions.
Aside from eastern Poland, residents of parts of Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East should not count on admiring the eclipse.
As the moon approaches its zenith, Friday’s eclipse is the longest of its kind in nearly 1,000 years.
Lunar Eclipse – How do you watch?
A lunar eclipse is one of the simplest phenomena to notice. All you have to do is get out in the air at a given time and look at our satellite. You don’t need any devices for regular observation, although to see as much detail as possible, it’s worth having binoculars with you, for example.
Lunar eclipse – what is it?
A lunar eclipse occurs during a full moon. At this time, the natural satellite is aligned with the Earth and the Sun. The planet blocks sunlight from reaching the moon, leaving some of it in the shade.
In the event of an eclipse in November, only the lower edge of the moon will be illuminated. The rest of the dial will turn red. Where does this color come from? This is due to the oxygen and nitrogen molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere. They are better at scattering certain wavelengths of light (blue or purple), so colors with a longer wavelength (red, orange or yellow) are visible for longer. When the moon is in the earth’s shadow, reddish colors predominate.
When is the next eclipse?
The lunar eclipse in November will be the second in 2021. Two weeks later, on December 4, 2021, there will be a total solar eclipse.
In turn, we will have to wait until May 16, 2022 for the next lunar eclipse.
earthsky.org, space.com, timeanddate.com, tvnmeteo.pl
Main image source: PAP / EPA / Laundry Jr.
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