The longest lunar eclipse in 580 years takes place this week
This Friday’s near-total lunar eclipse, the longest of the century and the first of this length in 580 years, is truly a once-in-a-lifetime..er actually many lifetime event.
Friday, Nov. 19, the full Beaver Moon will take place during a total lunar eclipse, according to NASA, meaning that the entire moon’s surface will be shrouded in the Earth’s shadow. The eclipse will be about three and a half hours long, stretching from 2:18 to 5:47 a.m.
The great part about a lunar eclipse, as opposed to a solar eclipse, is that you don't have to wear any special glasses to view it. You can just look at it with the naked eye.
Lunar eclipses happen when the moon passes into the Earth's shadow, I actually did a science project on lunar eclipses when I was in 7th grade and have always thought they were really cool events. So, I'm excited to see this Friday's lunar eclipse
Lunar eclipses can only occur during full moons when the moon is at its brightest. Because the Earth has an atmosphere, its shadow is not black; the same phenomenon that causes sunrises and sunsets will also cause November's full moon to glow a dull red. That’s why lunar eclipses are sometimes called "blood moons."
By the way, the Beaver Moon gets its name from beaver hunting season, which used to peak this time of year. The November moon is also known as the Digging Moon, the Whitefish Moon, and the Frost Moon.
So don't sleep in this Friday morning and check out this once-in-a-lifetime event in the morning sky.
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