Something spectacular is going to happen in the night sky this Friday morning that hasn’t happened in a long time, and it won’t happen again for quite a while. The longest lunar eclipse in over 500 years will be visible this Friday morning and with it a very beautiful blood moon.
If the moon looks a little different in the early hours of Friday morning November 19, it’s because you’re watching a lunar eclipse. According to Nasa and CBS2 meteorologist Nick Stewart, the longest lunar eclipse in 580 years takes place this Friday morning.
From Thursday evening through Friday morning, Earth’s shadow will begin to cover most of our Moon, causing the lunar eclipse. It will not be a total lunar eclipse because only 97% of the Moon will be eclipsed by Earth’s shadow. The Friday morning lunar eclipse will be the longest lunar eclipse since the year 1440. Yes, the Friday morning lunar eclipse will be historic!
CBS2 meteorologist Nick Stewart says the eclipse will start at 1:18 am CT. At that time, the Castor Moon (full moon) will enter the Earth’s shadow. From 1:18 am and 3:02 am CT, the Moon will begin to darken and turn red. According to NASA, because the Earth has an atmosphere, the full shadow of the Earth is not black but rather reddish-brown in color.
“If you were on the Moon in that shadow and looked at Earth, you would see all of Earth’s sunrises and sunsets falling on you and the surface around you, making the Moon a reddish brown color.”
The Moon will be at its maximum eclipse at 3:02 am CT. At that time, the Moon will be more than 97% covered. A small burst of the Moon will be brighter than the rest of the Moon because it will shine in the penumbra, outside of the shadow, or full shadow of the Earth.
The weather for Friday morning’s lunar eclipse is expected to be perfect in the Quad Cities. Here is the weather forecast for Thursday evening and Friday, according to the Quad Cities National Meteorological Service:
- Thursday evening
- Mostly clear, with a low around 23. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light after midnight. Winds could be blowing up to 25 mph.
- Partly sunny, with a high near 42.
According to CBS2 meteorologist Nick Stewart, that it will be the longest lunar eclipse until February 8, 2669. Only 647 years before the next one.
Friday’s lunar eclipse will be visible across the United States. The times listed above are in CT, so if you’re reading this in a different US time zone, make your adjustments.
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