On Friday, countries with clear skies would have reaped the rewards of the longest lunar eclipse since the 15th century.
The eclipse kickstarted in the US around 01:02 ET, with the moon looking obscured at 02:18 ET. For the uninitiated, a lunar eclipse is when the moon moves into the earth’s shadow and blocks the sun’s light.
NASA explained: “During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns red because the only sunlight reaching the moon passes through earth’s atmosphere. The more dust or clouds in earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the moon will appear.”
While the unique experience was visible across the US, only a lucky few from the UK would have caught a small glimpse as it happened around moonset.
It’s an almost total eclipse of our heart! 💖🌙 The Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow tonight for the longest p… https://t.co/lbv9EiTpQl— NASA Ames (@NASA Ames) 1637278345
Some lucky stargazers were gifted with the full lunar eclipse experience and turned to Twitter to showcase their spectacular photos of the 97 per cent eclipsed moon.
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The 2021 Partial Lunar Eclipse at its PEAK. 97% covered by the Earth’s dark umbral shadow. 4:03 am #LunarEclipse https://t.co/4P2njCIID9— 🔭AstroBackyard (@🔭AstroBackyard) 1637313135
Thickening clouds but got a nice lunar corona and halo going on here as the #LunarEclipse begins. https://t.co/tHL5YM9pQg— Derick Wilson (@Derick Wilson) 1637306218
Iphone shot through the 12” dob. #LunarEclipse #space https://t.co/3QhZzVMJGP— Matt Smith (@Matt Smith) 1637313139
Others, however, were faced with a sky full of clouds – and disappointment.
“So I got up early to look at the Lunar eclipse, looked outside and clouds… back in bed #LunarEclipse”, one said.
#LunarEclipse sorry for the quality of my camera https://t.co/PDwFcXprCZ— EmCe (@EmCe) 1637305808
My lunar eclipse view, and no, there’s nothing wrong with your screen! #clouds https://t.co/9XkaRZLLSg— 🏳️🌈Yorkshire Astronomy🏳️🌈 (@🏳️🌈Yorkshire Astronomy🏳️🌈) 1637313627
So I got up early to look at the Lunar eclipse, looked outside and clouds… back in bed #LunarEclipse https://t.co/1mgfUZxaCX— Stace (@Stace) 1637303711
Me: *sets an alarm to try to see the lunar eclipse* The clouds: https://t.co/Sb7jqGibio— Morgan Overton, MSW (@Morgan Overton, MSW) 1637325786
#LunarEclipse “Can’t wait to see the big event that’s gonna happen with the moon. :)” Thick layers of clouds blo… https://t.co/gFIFDHlZ7s— ᗸߋզပలల𝐟 • 😷 (@ᗸߋզပలల𝐟 • 😷) 1637306252
Not the clouds blocking the #LunarEclipse https://t.co/gIFM89n3Uj— elizabeth saw nwh x2 (@elizabeth saw nwh x2) 1637307777
there’s gonna be a lunar eclipse & it’s fucking CLOUDY ??????— daniella ☽ (@daniella ☽) 1637298502
ofc vegas gets clouds when a lunar eclipse happens, love it sm.— luisito (@luisito) 1637328748
@jQueery_Queen I got to watch the lunar eclipse at 3:30am...well, in between the clouds. Unplanned.— Steven Bitaxi (@Steven Bitaxi) 1637326640
If you happened to miss Friday’s lunar eclipse, don’t fret just yet. This might have been the long partial eclipse in a millennium, but NASA expects a longer total lunar eclipse on November 8, 2022.
“It’s actually the longest partial lunar eclipse in a millennium, clocking in at 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds,” they said.
“There hasn’t been a longer partial lunar eclipse since February 18, 1440 (3 hours, 28 minutes, 46 seconds) and it will remain the longest partial lunar eclipse for 648 years until February 8, 2669 (3 hours, 30 minutes, and 2 seconds).”
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