As if the celestial fireballs promised across Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and other parts of the United States courtesy of the Northern Taurid and Southern Taurid meteor showers the first few weeks of November aren't enough, it seems we'll be seeing a little lunar magic later this month too.
The Tristate will have the opportunity to view a partial lunar eclipse as the full moon takes to the sky across the United States and North America. When the move moves through the shadow of the Earth, light from the sun is unable to reflect back off the surface of the moon, creating the blackening eclipse.
That darkness is expected to last for a couple of hours until the moon is once again fully illuminated again as it moves out of the Earth's shadow. Since it will only be covered by a portion of the Earth's shadow though, it will not be a total lunar eclipse.
The celestial event is expected to take place on November 19, 2021 between 1:18 am and 4:47 am. According to the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science lunar eclipses are not difficult to view.
Sky watchers should direct their attention at the moon between 1:18 to 4:47 AM on the morning of November 19, when a noticeable darkening will take place on the east side of the lunar orb. As the morning progresses, the Earth’s shadow will steadily march westward across the face of the moon leaving our moon nearly totally engulfed in shadow around 3:00 AM. At the eclipse’s maximum extent, a slightly brighter patch of sunlight should be visible at the bottom of the moon.
They say that binoculars or a small telescope can help with viewing as well. The next lunar eclipse, which will actually be a total eclipse, will take place on May 15, 2022.
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