Lunar eclipse 2021: when to see the full moon in November turn red and orange
the partial lunar eclipse happening on Friday is not for late sleepers. If you want to see this rare celestial event – which will transform the full moon of november 2021 in a reddish orange color for more than an hour – you will have to get up early.
Astronomical experts say it will be the longest partial lunar eclipse in over 500 years, with his 3 hour 28 minute peak. A total lunar eclipse in July 2018 “lasted about 12 minutes longer than what is expected to occur this week,” according to AccuWeather.
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Assuming the sky is clear enough, people all over the United States will be able to see the eclipse create what many observers call a “Moon of bloodâBecause of the rusty-reddish colors of sunlight reflecting off the Earth’s atmosphere.
The partial lunar eclipse will occur during the hours before dawn on Friday, November 19, when the so-called “beaver moon“will reach its fullest phase – shortly before 4 a.m. EST – and the Earth will be positioned between the sun and the moon.
How to see the lunar eclipse
As long as the clouds stay clear, residents of all parts of New Jersey will be able to see Friday morning’s lunar eclipse, according to Chris Bakley, astronomical expert and Cape May County astro-photographer. But he says the eclipse will be more dramatic in the places with the darkest skies.
âNo area is better than another for viewing. But there is special treatment for those who want and can get to a place away from the city lights in the state, âBakley said. âAt the height of the eclipse, the moon will glow red and be significantly less bright than the normal full moon. That being said, the stars will shine as if there is little or no moon in the sky during the peak. A truly incredible sight! â
Bakley said the lunar eclipse will start in the southwestern sky and end as the moon sets in the western sky. “During the peak, the moon will be high enough in the sky that most can see it without leaving their homes,” he noted, “unless, of course, there are major obstacles blocking your view.”
Best time to research the lunar eclipse
In the eastern time zone, the lunar eclipse will begin around 1 a.m. Friday, “but you won’t be able to see a difference in the moon with the naked eye until around 2:20 a.m.,” Bakley noted. âAround 4:04 am, the eclipse will reach its peak. This will be the best time to watch, but every second up to this point is worth seeing.
Another tip from Bakley: âMake sure you check the timing of your location. Times may be slightly different statewide.
The lunar eclipse is expected to last from around 2 a.m. until the full moon sets at around 5:48 a.m. on Friday, and Bakley said the moon should retain its red-orange glow for more than one o’clock.
Weather forecast for the NJ region
As of Thursday afternoon, the weather forecast looks uncertain for New Jersey residents, with the National Meteorological Service calling for rain showers around midnight, a chance of rain between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Friday and heavy cloud cover between midnight and 2 a.m.
Cloud cover is expected to gradually improve in northern Jersey from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., according to the weather service. In central Jersey and southern Jersey, cloud and scattered rain showers can persist for an hour or two longer.
For the latest forecast in the New Jersey area, check out this National Weather Service website.
Last full moon of 2021
If you miss a chance to see the full moon and the November eclipse in the morning, the sky should be clear on Friday night as the moon begins to rise in the east-northeast sky around 4:50 p.m. and the moon will appear. 99% full. Saturday night when he starts to get up around 5:25 p.m.
The last full moon of 2021 – that of December “cold moonâ- will officially reach its fullest phase at 11:35 p.m. EST on Saturday 18 December, it will therefore also be 100% full the following night (Sunday 19 December) and 98% full on Monday 20 December.
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Len Melisurgo can be contacted at LMelisurgo@njadvancemedia.com.
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