The previous total lunar eclipse occurred in May this year and the next one will take place this Tuesday, November 8. It will be the last one that can be seen on Earth until 2025.
This Tuesday, November 8, the second total lunar eclipse of the yearand the last of its kind until 2025. The astronomical event, which occurs when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, will begin in the early hours of Tuesday morning: the partial eclipse will begin at 3:09 a.m. CST (same time as central Mexico), peaking at 4:16 am and ending at 5:42 am.
During the eclipse, the shadow of our planet covers the Moon, turning reddish due to the refraction, filtering and dispersion of light by the Earth’s atmosphere, and that is why it ends up shining on our Moon with a light ghostly red.
The phenomenon, also known as the Blood Moon, will be visible in East Asia, Australia, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, Colombia, as well as in some areas of Peru and Venezuela.
On the other hand, in the United Kingdom, Ireland and continental Europe the eclipse will not be visible.
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Last until 2025
As Alphonse Sterling, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, explains, “Total lunar eclipses occur about once every year and a half on average. While the Moon has provided bountiful opportunities to view eclipses this year, viewers should take advantage of the November eclipse because the next total lunar eclipse won’t happen until 2025.
Options to not miss the eclipse
During the height of the eclipse, the Moon will be 390,653 kilometers away, according to NASA scientists, and Uranus will be visible a finger’s breadth away on the Moon as a bright star.
It should be noted that the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, and the Virtual Telescope Project, based in Italy, offer a live broadcast of the lunar eclipse. Through YouTube, via Time and Date, the eclipse will also be available to anyone who wants to see this phenomenon.