This lunar eclipse was extremely important because it was not only the last in 2021, but also because it was the longest in the century and first occurred after 580 years. Last seen in 1440, the eclipse lasted 3 hours, 28 minutes and 24 seconds and was visible from West Africa, Western Europe, North America, South America, Asia , Australia, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
If you missed out on this once in a lifetime opportunity, chances are you were part of the majority of the population as the time of the eclipse was 2:34 p.m. in India and was only visible in parts of Arunachal Pradesh and of Assam after sunset. Those who have been lucky enough to experience it elsewhere must have observed a dark, rusty-red moon also known as “Beaver Moon” or “Blood Moon”. This is called the beaver moon, it happens just before the beaver trapping season and when the moon is closest to Earth. It gets its other name from the reddish hue it takes on during the eclipse. The red color is caused by sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere as the moon passes in its shadow for several hours, NASA explained.
Several images of the eclipse emerged as users shared them through their social media accounts around the world. Take a look at the images below.
Ladies and Gentlemen Bloody Beaver Moon! Not my best because I was in a bit of a rush but had to try and see it’s an eclipse once every 600 years! ️ pic.twitter.com/59AyqhfPxb
– 👣Jarett & Lilly Vs EVERYTHING (@ JLVsTW1) November 19, 2021
Russian space agency Roscosmos also shared images of the eclipse in its maximum phase, which was captured by Russian cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrovnik from the International Space Station (ISS). In a tweet shared on Friday, the agency wrote: “These photographs from the International Space Station show the maximum phase of a partial (almost total) lunar eclipse![sic]. »Discover the images shared by Roscosmos.
Roskosmos cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrovnik continues to conduct “almost direct reporting on the lunar eclipse.”
These photographs from the International Space Station show the maximum phase of a partial (almost total) lunar eclipse! pic.twitter.com/aSgw9KPz5Q
– ROSCOSMOS (@roscosmos) November 19, 2021
(Image : Twitter/@Roscosmos)