Longest partial lunar eclipse of the century to take place on 19 November, 2021


On 19 November, 2021, the partial lunar eclipse will last 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds. It will be longer than any other lunar eclipse that had or will take place in 2001-2100. 
According to an observatory in Indiana, it will be the longest lunar eclipse in more than 500 years! The previous longest lunar eclipse occurred on 27 July, 2018. It went on for about one hour and 42 minutes. 
Occurring upto five times a year, unlike solar eclipses, lots of people can see lunar eclipses, in places where the moon is above the horizon. NASA estimates that Earth will be experiencing a total of 228 lunar eclipses in the 21st century. 
Normally, the moon’s white gray face is illuminated by sunlight reflecting off its main surface. During a lunar eclipse, the moon, the earth and the sun align so that our planet blocks sunlight from reaching the moon. During an eclipse, the moon darkens due to the shadow of Earth. It sometimes also looks bloody red. 
In this month’s eclipse, our planet is expected to hide 97% of the full moon from the Sun’s light. This lunar eclipse will be visible from North and South America, Australia, Eastern Asia and the Pacific region. In India, right after moonrise, people from extreme northeastern parts of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam can catch the very tail end of the eclipse. 
Skywatchers in the US East Coast can simply look up at the sky any time between 2:18-5:47 am ET. Others can watch the spectacular event streaming live on various online platforms. 


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