When and where will the next lunar eclipse be seen?

Photo of last May 26 in Honolulu, Hawaii, while a total lunar eclipse occurred (REUTERS / Marco García)

Very soon we will have a new opportunity to see how the brightness of the moon fades and gives rise to the reddish tone for which it is named “Blood Moon”.

It will happen between on November 18 and 19 when in various parts of the world register a lunar eclipse to the delight of millions of people. According to specialists, will have a duration of 3 hours and 28 minutes, a feature that makes it the longest partial lunar eclipse of the century.

A lunar eclipse It occurs when the Sun, Earth, and satellite seemingly line up in the sky. Then, the Moon crosses the shadow of our planet, It is divided into two parts, the central one, called the umbra, and the external one known as penumbra. Moon Full comes out at dusk and is visible throughout the night. Ultimately, it sets just as the sun rises. None of the other phases have this unique characteristic. According to the NASA, it happens because the Moon is directly opposite the sun in the sky when the moon is full.

Combination of photos of how the Moon enters eclipse (REUTERS / Kai Pfaffenbach / File Photo)
Combination of photos of how the Moon enters eclipse (REUTERS / Kai Pfaffenbach / File Photo)

According to EarthSky This partial lunar eclipse has an important characteristic: depth. This condition is what allows anyone in a clear place to observe the phenomenon, which will have a threshold magnitude of 0.9742 and a reddish color, typical of total lunar eclipses.

It is expected that the shadow of the Earth covers 97.4% of the Moon, experts need, so it will resemble a total eclipse. In the middle of it, it will enter its maximum phase and in this instance the surface of the moon will be dyed red for our vision, in what is known as the “blood Moon”, a phenomenon that already occurred in May of this year. The astronomical phenomenon can be seen from various places on the planet, including: East Asia, North America, South America, Australia and the Pacific region.

NASA will broadcast this event live which promises an average duration of three hours where the shadow of the Earth will cover 97.4% of the moon, so it will not be completely dark as in a total eclipse.

In 2019 another incredible lunar eclipse was observed (REUTERS / Mike Blake / File Photo)
In 2019 another incredible lunar eclipse was observed (REUTERS / Mike Blake / File Photo)

The eclipse path

According to NASA, the rotation of the Moon will lead to the event starting at different times according to each time zone. On Argentina will begin the night of November 18 from 11 pm. On Mexico (GMT-6) will start a 02:00 in the morning of November 19, and in Colombia and Peru (GMT-5) the phenomenon will start at 03:00.

Meanwhile, in Europe visibility will be less, because in Spain, only the first part of the phenomenon will be visible, as the full moon goes to bed. In that way they will be able to observe a slight penumbra in its upper part.

Upcoming eclipses

The specialists had reported that between 2001 and 2100 would produce a total of 228 lunar eclipses, of which only 57 (25% of the total) will be partial eclipses. The rest will be divided between 86 penumbral eclipses and 85 total, known as “blood moons.”

exist three basic types of lunar eclipses: the one of luna penumbral that pierces the outer shadow, partial mole that pierces the inner shadow, and total moon that crosses the threshold and has a vibrant red color.

There are three basic types of lunar eclipses (Photo by Phil Walter / Getty Images)
There are three basic types of lunar eclipses (Photo by Phil Walter / Getty Images)

Next, the explanation of the different varieties of eclipses:

Total lunar eclipse: According to NASA, the Moon and the Sun are on exactly opposite sides of the Earth, and although the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow, some sunlight reaches the Moon. The Earth filters blue light and therefore, during the total lunar eclipse phenomenon, the moon appears reddish. It is then called “Moon of blood”.

Partial lunar eclipse: in this case, only part of the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow. It depends on the magnitude of the eclipse, but in general this type of phenomenon shows a Moon with contrast between the part that is in shadow and the part that preserves the brightness of the Moon. It is less common than total and penumbral lunar eclipses.

Eclipse lunar penumbral: This occurs when the Moon passes through Earth’s penumbral shadow, which is a dimmer shadow. This type of eclipse is much more difficult to observe without artifacts and with only the perception of the human eye.

To observe the phenomenon, no special equipment, telescopes or glasses are needed. The recommendation, to be able to appreciate it better, is eAvoid light pollution in cities and look for a clear one.


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