Lunar Eclipse

  • Penumbral lunar eclipse on Nov. 29-30

    We already had three lunar eclipses in 2020. The final lunar eclipse of 2020 will appear over North and South America, the Pacific Ocean and its neighboring regions on Nov. 29-30.

    All lunar eclipses in 2020 are penumbral eclipses, meaning the face of the moon will turn a darker silver color for a few hours.

    On Nov. 29-30, about 82% of the Moon’s face will turn a shade darker during the maximum phase of this eclipse.

    This fourth eclipse of the year will be the longest of the year, lasting 4 hours, 20 minutes and 59 seconds.

    North and South America

    In New York City, the eclipse begins on Nov. 30 at 2:32 a.m. EST (0732 GMT) and ends at 6:53 a.m. EST (1153 GMT), with maximum eclipse occurring at 4:42 a.m. EST (0942 GMT). 

    In the coastal city of Lima, Peru, the moon will make first contact with Earth’s penumbral shadow at 2:32 a.m. local time on Monday (Nov. 30). Most of the moon’s face will enter the shadow, and the eclipse will reach its maximum a couple hours later at 4:42 a.m.

    Pacific and Philippines

    Viewers across the Pacific and the Philippines will see a lunar eclipse already in progress when the moon rises above the horizon. At 3:32 p.m. local time in Manila on Monday, Nov. 30, the lunar eclipse begins. This is before moonrise. Folks will first view the event at 5:23 p.m., and it reaches its maximum at 5:42 p.m. The eclipse wraps up at 7:53 p.m. 

    New Zealand

    In Auckland, New Zealand, the penumbral eclipse starts at 8:32 p.m. local time on Nov. 30, reaches maximum at 10:42 p.m. and ends the next day (Tuesday, Dec. 1) at 12:53 a.m.

    More information and news about this penumbral eclipse of the moon on Nov. 29-30 on Space.com

  • Rare Phenomenon on May 26 as the Moon Turns Blood Red

    A SUPER Blood Moon total eclipse is on the cards next week with large swathes of the globe due to be treated to a rare lunar phenomenon.

    A triple showing is coming from the Moon on May 26 when it provides stargazers with a lunar eclipse and a Blood Moon, as well as being a Supermoon

    Antarctica, Australia, Asia, North and South America will see the eclipse, with the USA in the best position to get optimum viewing.

    Not only will it be a lunar eclipse, but there will also be a Blood Moon.

    Blood Moons are the result of a total lunar eclipse during a Full Moon.

    When the Moon begins to emerge from the Earth’s shadow, this is when the Blood Moon will occur.

    The change in colour happens because the light from the Sun is being bent when it passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.

    This bizarre effect is known as ‘Rayleigh scattering’, which filters out bands of green and violet light in the atmosphere during an eclipse leaving just a red glow.

    Finally, the Moon will also be a Supermoon which is when our lunar satellite appears bigger.

    The Virtual Telescope Project said: "Next 26 May 2021, the Moon will offer an amazing total eclipse, well visible from Far East and Western Americas.

    "As in the past, the Virtual Telescope Project will partner with some great astro-imagers there to bring to you the stunning beauty of such a unique event.

    "Yes, it will be somewhat unique: the 26 May 2021 Full Moon will be both a 'Supermoon' (the largest full Moon of the year, by the way) and a 'Blood Moon', something we really want to share with you."

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