A partial lunar eclipse is coming this week and is expected to turn the full moon into a reddish orange in November 2021 for more than an hour, according to astronomy experts who sometimes call this celestial spectacle the “blood moon.” “
While people across the Eastern United States have the opportunity to see the eclipse – which experts say is the longest lunar eclipse in centuries – they need to wake up early to see the view.
A partial eclipse will take place in the pre-dawn period on Friday, November 19, when the so-called “beacon” will reach its full stage – shortly before four o’clock in the morning east – and the earth will be in the sun. and the moon.
“The lunar eclipse in November is very close to a complete lunar eclipse, and only part of the moon is missing from the Earth’s dark inner shadow,” AccuWeather points out. “For this reason, the moon may appear momentarily rusty orange or red, in the same way as during a complete eclipse.”
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Assuming the sky is clear, people in all parts of New Jersey can see Friday’s eclipse, says astronomy expert and star photographer Chris Bakley of Cape May County. However, the eclipse looks more dramatic in places where the sky is darkest.
“No area is better than another for viewing. But for those who are willing and able to drive to a place far from the city lights, there is a special treat, Bakley said. “At the top of the eclipse, the moon glows red and is clearly less bright than a normal full moon. Nevertheless, the stars shine bright, as if there were little or no moon in the sky during the peak. A truly magnificent sight!”
Bakley said the lunar eclipse begins in the southwest sky and ends when the moon descends into the western sky. “The peak during the moon is high enough in the sky for most to be able to see it without leaving their home,” he said, “unless, of course, there are major obstacles that would block the view.”
The best time to look for eclipse
In the eastern time zone, the eclipse begins at about 1 a.m. Friday, “but you can’t see the difference in the month with the naked eye before about 2:20 a.m.,” Bakley pointed out. “Around 4.04 in the morning, the eclipse reaches its peak. This is the best time to watch, but every second up to this point is worth watching.”
One more tip from Bakley: “Make sure you check the timing of your location. Times may vary slightly across the state.”
The lunar eclipse should last from about two a.m. to a full moon fall at 5:48 a.m. Friday, and Bakley said the moon should keep its reddish-orange glow for more than an hour.
Nicknames for the November full moon
The most popular nickname for the November full moon is “beacon.”
The nickname for the Majava moon originated from the Indian tribes of Algonquin and American immigrants, who named each full moon based on weather conditions, cultivation routines, and hunting trends at that time of year.
Some publications, such as TimeAndDate.com, say the November moon was nicknamed “the beavers that build their winter dams at this time of year.” – Because this is the time of year when beavers build their winter dams to prepare for the cold winter.
The Almanac of Farmers says the nickname may have come from beavers preparing for winter in November, but points out it may have something to do with hunters. “This was the time to set the beaver traps before the mouths froze to ensure access to warm winter coats,” the publication says.
In addition to the popular name “lighthouse moon,” Space.com says the full moon in November has also been created as a “hunter’s moon,” a “mourning moon,” a “reed moon,” and a “frosty moon” – a reference to the weather getting colder this month.
Last full moon 2021
If you don’t have a chance to see the full moon of November, you can look for the full “cold moon” of December.
That moon officially reaches its full phase at 11:35 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, December 18, so it looks 100% full the next night (Sunday, December 19) and 98% full on Monday, December 20.
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