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.
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).”