The planetary alignment of Friday offered sky-gazers across the globe the chance to view a remarkable near-total moon eclipse. It was the longest lunar eclipse in history, and the most visible since the 1440s.
The fascinating astronomical phenomenon lasted three hours and 28 minutes – the longest in centuries, according to international space agencies. On Thursday and Friday, depending on local time zones, the Earth, Sun and Moon aligned in such a way that 97.4% of our natural satellite’s surface was darkened in shadow.
The Moon’s appearance in the shroud caused it to turn bloody or rusty-red when exposed to sunlight.
It was evident in the areas of the globe that the Moon rose above the horizon during an eclipse.
The phenomenon was witnessed by sky watchers from North America and South America as well as parts of Eastern Asia, Australia and Australia.
Russia’s partial eclipse can be seen from Siberia and Far East. Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, shared photos of the partially eclipsed moon seen from the International Space Station.
The Moon’s position low in the Sky for most of the eclipse added to the amazement. This created an optical illusion making it appear larger.
While the full Moon travels through Earth’s shadow roughly two times a year, lunar eclipses are usually far shorter.
Due to its rarity, the most recent event might have affected people emotionally as well as visually. Astrologers advised that.
Hopefully you don’t go to the ER during a lunar eclipse because the entire night shift will go outside to stare at the moon ????
— laura (@lauraacxoxo) November 19, 2021
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