Here is the lunar eclipse

Here is the lunar eclipse

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Nothing is more magical than seeing a lunar eclipse. A few times a year, the full moon sinks into the earth’s shadow for a few hours, leaving us with lasting memories.

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Such an eclipse will take place on the night of November 18-19 with the beaver full moon.

Gary Boyle, the backyard astronomer

This one will be very special and will appear very close to a total eclipse.

Due to the geometry, the moon will be in the longest shadow of the earth except for only three percent, leaving the edge in the sunlight.

A lunar eclipse can be safely enjoyed.

Although not officially proclaimed total, the lunar surface will still exhibit darkness and some color as is typically seen in a total event. People commonly called this type of eclipse a “blood moon”.

If you were on the moon in the center of the shadow in the middle of this eclipse, you would see an orange ring around the earth. From this vantage point, you would see sunlight refracting through our atmosphere, witnessing every sunset on the left side of the earth, and every sunrise on the right side at the same time.

For astrophotographers, the moon will be located among the brilliant winter constellations of Orion the hunter, Taurus the bull and not too far from the Pleiades star cluster.

The only downside is its late hour.

The partial shadow eclipse begins at 2:18 a.m. The moon begins to enter the shadows.
Biggest eclipse: 4:02 a.m. The Moon will be 97 percent covered.
The partial shadow eclipse ends at 5:47 a.m. The moon comes out of the shadows completely.

Gary Boyle, The Backyard Astronomer, is an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He has been interviewed on over 50 Canadian radio stations as well as on television across Canada and the United States. Follow him on Twitter: @astroeducator or on his website:


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