The longest lunar eclipse in hundreds of years will take place this week

(ORDO NEWS) — You can watch the longest partial lunar eclipse in centuries this week.

This “near total” lunar eclipse is expected on Thursday night, NASA reported.

“The moon will be so close to a straight line connecting the sun and earth that it will pass through the southern portion of the shadow cast by the earth, resulting in a near total eclipse of the moon,” NASA points out on its website.

This eclipse will last for 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds, making it the longest eclipse in several centuries, according to

Only a small crescent moon will be visible in the sky during this eclipse. Roughly 97 percent of the Moon‘s disk will disappear into Earth‘s shadow as the Sun and Moon move simultaneously along opposite sides of the Earth, EarthSky reported.

The moon in the sky will have a reddish-brown hue when it enters the shadow of our planet, NASA reported.

This eclipse will be observed in many parts of the world, including North America, eastern Australia, New Zealand and Japan. In the Russian Federation, the best conditions for observing the lunar eclipse on November 19 are in the Asian part of the country.

More detailed information about the place of observation of this unusually long eclipse is available on the map (see photo), and with time for observations, you can determine by following the link


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