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Fri Nov 19, 2021, 02:29 AM

Is the lunar eclipse still on tonight?

Just wanted to make sure Republicans have not legislated a ban on eclipses known to be bad for bidness....

Catch this month's lunar eclipse, the longest of the century
To enjoy a spectacular Blood Moon, all you need is a clear sky.
By Michael E. Bakich
Astronomy Magazine
Published: Thursday, November 18, 2021

Link: https://astronomy.com/magazine/news/2021/11/catch-this-months-lunar-eclipse

Snips...
On Friday, Nov. 19, the Sun, Earth, and the Moon (in that order) will line up and most of Moon will trek through Earth’s umbra, the darkest part of its shadow. Although this won’t be a total lunar eclipse, it’ll be darn close. At mid-eclipse, 97 percent of our only natural satellite will be covered by Earth’s umbra.

Observers with clear skies should be able to spot nearly all the effects that are visible during a total lunar eclipse. This wouldn’t be the case if it were a partial solar eclipse (with 3 percent of the Sun’s face uncovered, you would miss out on Baily’s beads, diamond rings, and the solar corona). In other words, we’re lucky Luna is the star of this month’s show.

Who will see it?

Anyone located on the nighttime side of our planet during this eclipse will catch at least some of it. Observers throughout North America will have the prime views, with only people along the Atlantic coast missing the Moon’s passage through the penumbra (the lighter, outer part of Earth’s shadow), which usually isn’t visible anyway.

When and where?

The start of the eclipse, when the Moon first touches our planet’s penumbra, occurs at 1:02:09 a.m. EST. Luna enters the umbra beginning at 2:18:43 a.m. EST and leaves it at 5:47:07 a.m. EST. The eclipse officially ends when the Moon departs the penumbra at 7:03:44 a.m. EST. Greatest eclipse, at which point the Moon is as deep in Earth’s umbra as it will get, occurs at 4:02:56 a.m. EST.

Artwork courtesy of Astronomy Magazine

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BlackSkimmer Nov 2021 #1
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 2021 #3
Earth-shine Nov 2021 #2
malaise Nov 2021 #4
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 2021 #5
malaise Nov 2021 #6
Crunchy Frog Nov 2021 #7

Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 19, 2021, 04:06 AM

1. Watching it on a clear, crisp night here in NC.

Moon right over my porch.

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Response to BlackSkimmer (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 19, 2021, 04:55 AM

3. Same here in North-central KY.

Perfectly clear sky full of stars. My son and I went out at about 3:30 with binoculars and it's about 90%. Full eclipse at 4:03a.m.

Looking forward to the professional zoomed-in photos tomorrow.

KY

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 19, 2021, 04:18 AM

2. It's been cancelled due to rain. I hope they reschedule.

Bad night for astronomy in South Florida.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 19, 2021, 04:58 AM

4. I got up to watch it but the moon is now too low to see it from here -update

Ah well, I'll try again in 580 years

Oh my goodness - went out behind the trees - there she it - stunningly beautiful - it's almost a full eclipse - blood orange. I thought it would just be about half but it's way more than that.

Going back outside to watch some more. Took two photos but it looks like a sot on the phone.

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Response to malaise (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 19, 2021, 05:39 AM

5. Wow! I guess I was right telling my son it's a once in a lifetime experience.

Unusually clear night here in the city and perfect for star gazing except for being so cold. I even could pick out the dippers.

Considering your location, I bet you have some breathtaking night sky views almost every night.

KY......

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 19, 2021, 05:47 AM

6. It's still ongoing - just came inside for some coffee

It is really beautiful and I'm sure I won't see another lengthy eclipse (partial or full) again in my lifetime.
I imagine those in the countryside with less lights have a better view, but it is nice here.

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Fri Nov 19, 2021, 05:48 AM

7. I managed to catch a good look at it, and went and got my mother and son,

It was clouding up just as they got out to see it, but they did get a look.

It was really spectacular.

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