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A partial lunar eclipse will take over the sky Saturday night in a dazzling display that will allow sky watchers to see part of Earth’s shadow on the moon.
For those in the eclipse path – it spans across Europe, Africa, Asia and Western Australia. According to EarthSky – The Moon will appear to have a bite during the partial eclipse from 3:34 pm to 4:52 pm.
Surrounding the partial eclipse will be a penumbral eclipse that will begin at 2:01 PM ET and will dim the Moon slightly from the reflection of Earth’s outer shadow, otherwise called the penumbra, in front of the planet’s inner and dark shadow, the umbra, forms the partial eclipse. People along the east coast of North and South America will be able to see the tail end of the penumbral eclipse shortly before it ends at 6:26 p.m., ET. By time and date.
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The full Beaver Moon begins to pass through Earth’s shadow during a total lunar eclipse in November in New York. On Saturday, a partial lunar eclipse will occur from 3:34 PM to 4:52 PM ET for those on the night side of Earth.
The Moon does not turn red during a total lunar eclipse—when light from the Sun passes through Earth’s dusty and cloudy atmosphere to reach the Moon. According to NASA – The partial eclipse will provide an easy view that doesn’t require any additional equipment, he said Dr. Shannon SchmollDirector of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University.
“As long as you’re on the night side of Earth and you’re looking at the moon, you can see this happening,” Schmoll said. “If there are observatories or places with telescopes nearby, or if you have a telescope, it’s always nice to see some of those details up close, but it’s not necessary.”
The upcoming partial lunar eclipse will coincide with October’s full moon, otherwise known as the Hunter’s Moon — so named because it was once a warning to hunters to prepare for the cold winter months. The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
A lunar eclipse only occurs when the moon is completely full because the sun, earth, and moon must be aligned for the event to occur. Full moons occur When the Moon is behind the Earth And opposite to the Sun – Lunar eclipse also requires this arrangement, but celestial bodies must be present Precisely aligned Schmoll said that the Moon must be in Earth’s shadow because it is thrown from the Sun.
A total lunar eclipse is more aligned than a partial lunar eclipse, as the moon moves Completely in the shadow of the earthA partial lunar eclipse shows the Moon passing through only part of the Earth’s shadow.
The orbits of the Moon and Earth make it average Two lunar eclipses Occurs per year. Last lunar eclipse a Penumbral eclipse When the Moon passes around Earth’s outer shadow in May, the next lunar eclipse will not occur till March 2024.
Lunar eclipses and solar eclipses tend to come in pairs because solar eclipses require the moon to be in its new moon phase, Schmoll said. Saturday’s partial lunar eclipse comes two weeks after an annular solar eclipse. “Ring of Fire” in the sky over America.
“With the exception of astronauts and a very few people, most people can’t see the Earth from any other perspective, so I think it’s always a very interesting thing to see that shadow,” Schmoll said. “It’s a reminder that we’re part of this larger universe.”
Be careful Jupiter, Saturn and VenusPeople on the night side of Earth will also see it during a partial lunar eclipse, Schmoll said.
The next lunar eclipse will be a penumbral lunar eclipse, visible to stargazers in North America and will not occur until March 25, 2024. Two weeks later, a total solar eclipse will be visible in North America April 8, 2024.
Although this weekend’s partial lunar eclipse will be the last chance to see an eclipse for 2023, there are other reasons to watch the night sky throughout the year, including the Orianid meteor shower, which may be visible until the end. November 22, and five more Meteor shower peaks left to catch:
● Southern Tarits: November 5-6
● Northern Tarits: November 11-12
● Leonidas: November 17-18
● Gemini: December 13-14
● Ursits: December 21-22
There are two more full moons in 2023. According to Farmers Almanac:
● November 27: Beaver Moon
● December 26: Cold Moon