Astronomers and space enthusiasts will experience the longest partial lunar eclipse of the century overnight from November 18-19 this year, according to the National Aeronautics and Science Administration (NASA). The eclipse, which lasts about 3 hours 28 minutes and 23 seconds, will see the earth come between the moon and the sun and cast a shadow over the lunar surface.
Where will the solar eclipse be seen?
The solar eclipse is observed in much of Australia, East Asia, North America, South America and the Pacific region. In the United States, all 50 states can see the partial lunar eclipse.
The solar eclipse is expected to be seen in the northeastern states of India such as Assam and Arunachal Pradesh NDTV. The lunar eclipse can only be seen in places where the moon is visible over the horizon.
When will the solar eclipse peak?
According to reports, the solar eclipse will peak in the country around 1:30 p.m. on November 19, with the earth hiding 97 percent of the moon. The celestial body takes on a reddish hue during this time.
What happens during a lunar eclipse?
During the lunar eclipse, the moon, earth, and sun align in a straight line, with the earth preventing sunlight from reaching the moon. As a result, the celestial body appears in the shadow of the earth.
During a total lunar eclipse, the moon is completely obscured by the umbra or conical shadow of the earth. During a partial solar eclipse, however, the moon is not completely covered by the earth’s shadow. While partial eclipses may not seem as breathtaking as total lunar eclipses to most people, they are more common and give space enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the subtle changes in the solar system that often take place before our eyes.
According to NASA, a total of 228 lunar eclipses will occur in the 21st century. The agency said that while there are typically two eclipses in a given month, three eclipses could occur. The next lunar eclipse is scheduled to take place on May 16 next year.
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