Get ready for the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years

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On November 19, stargazers can enjoy a partial lunar eclipse which will also be the last lunar eclipse of the year. 

The partial eclipse will start at 12.48 pm and end at 4.17 p.m. The duration of the eclipse will be 3 hours 28 minutes and 24 seconds, making it the longest in 580 years. “A few areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam will experience the last fleeting moments of the partial eclipse just after the moonrise, very close to the eastern horizon,” researcher explained.

A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, but not in a perfect line. A small part of the moon gets covered by the Earth’s shadow and we can see a reddish Moon. It is also called the frost moon or beaver moon. Full moons in November earned this name as this is the time of first snowfall and frost, and beavers start building their dams or traps. The partial lunar eclipse will be visible from North America, South America, Eastern Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Region.

The penumbral eclipse preceding and succeeding the umbral partial eclipse will begin at around 11:32 IST and end at 17:33 IST. At the maximum partial eclipse, at around 14:34 IST, 97% of the Moon will be covered by the Earth’s shadow and the Moon may appear to be blood red in colour, which happens when the red part of the sunlight passes through the Earth’s atmosphere get least deflected and falls on the Moon giving it a reddish tinge.

India will experience a total lunar eclipse on November 8, 2022.

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