Astronomy enthusiasts are expected to follow the longest partial “lunar eclipse 2021” of this century next week between November 18 and 19.
Earth’s shadow will largely block sunlight from reaching the moon, covering our lunar neighbor in darkness.
And NASA statistics on the lunar eclipse from 2001 to 2100 show that the partial eclipse for this month will be the longest in the century, with a duration of more than 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds. Statistics compared it to the longest total eclipse of the century, which occurred in 2018 and lasted approximately 1 hour and 43 minutes.
The Holcomb Observatory in Indiana shared a graphic showing what to expect from the eclipse, which will cover most of the moon. “This will be the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years,” the observatory wrote on Twitter.
LONGEST PARTIAL ECLIPSE of the CENTURY to occur in the Pre-dawn hours of November 19th. Maximum eclipse is at 4:03 AM EST when 97% of the Moon will be eclipsed. At that time it will be high in our western sky. This will also be the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years! pic.twitter.com/Xa9ciXLp3V
— Holcomb Observatory (@holcombobserv) November 7, 2021