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Longest Lunar Eclipse in 580yrs Tonight

from NPR

How you can see the nearly total lunar eclipse Friday morning

by JOE HERNANDEZ

The super blood noon rises over a residential area in New Delhi during a total lunar eclipse in May. Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

West Coast night owls and East Coast early risers will have the best view of the upcoming lunar eclipse this Friday.

Overnight, the moon will pass into the shadow of Earth cast by the sun, illuminating the gray orb with a red hue. It will be the second and final eclipse of the year.

NASA predicts the eclipse will last over 3 hours and 28 minutes. That would make it the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years, according to the Holcomb Observatory at Butler University.

Here’s how to see the eclipse and what you might glimpse:

How to see the eclipse

The lunar eclipse will be visible in North America, as well as parts of South America, Polynesia, eastern Australia and northeastern Asia, according to NASA.

For U.S. viewers the peak of the eclipse — when the moon is the most covered by Earth’s shadow — will be at 4:03 a.m. ET.

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Posted on November 18, 2021 by Editor

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