This week’s ‘Beaver’ lunar eclipse comes just six months after the total lunar eclipse on 26 May, which is invisible in the UK.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth, moon and sun are perfectly aligned with the earth in the middle.
The result is that the earth’s shadow falls on the moon as it blocks the sun’s light. The eclipse will be completely safe to the naked human eye.
The imminent month of November ‘Beaver’ is said to have been named after beavers preparing for winter and will remain in almost complete darkness except at its southernmost tip.
When is the lunar eclipse?
Eclipse will of course depend on the time zone you plan to watch, but will usually be available late November 18 and November 19.
The eclipse is thought to peak around 09:02 GMT and the moon will first reach the lighter edge of the earth’s shadow at 06:02.
From there, it will move to reach the darker part of the earth’s shadow at 7:18, where it will be easier to see with the naked eye before reaching the middle of the shadow two hours later. It is thought to emerge from the dark part of the shadow around 10:47 am.
For the best chance of seeing anything from this UK, stargazers’ best bet is to try and catch the eclipse moon before sunrise on Friday Morning.
According to this Space, the partial eclipse phase will last about 3 hours and 28 minutes, and the total eclipse will last about 6 hours and one minute.
This is thought to be the longest eclipse seen in 580 years.
At its peak, 97% of the lunar surface will be covered by Earth’s shadow when expected to turn a red shade, giving it the title ‘bloody’ moon.
NASA explains on its website: “The same phenomenon that makes our sky blue and our sunsets red causes the Moon to turn red during a lunar eclipse”.
“Light travels in waves, and different colors of light have different physical properties. Blue light has a shorter wavelength and is more easily scattered by particles in the Earth’s atmosphere than red light with a longer wavelength.”
Where can the lunar eclipse be seen?
The eclipse occurs in most of Europe, North America, South America, much of Asia, Australia, northern and western Africa, as well as the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the Arctic Waiting.
Excellent visibility is considered to be possible in most of the areas covered, including parts of Europe.
However, due to the imperfect coincidence of the eclipse and sunrise in the UK, how long entertainers will watch it will depend on where they are in the country.
In London, the deeper part of the shadow on the moon is expected from 7:18 a.m., but sunrise will occur two minutes later, so you’ll have to be sharp if you want to catch it.
The farther north you go, the longer the eclipse will appear, due to the best possible viewing in the UK for those living in the northwest.
Unfortunately, nowhere in the UK will be able to see the eclipse peak at 9:02.