You better watch the moon’s disappearance on Tuesday: there will be no other like it for three years.
A total lunar eclipse will be visible throughout North America in the pre-dawn hours and across Asia, Australia and the rest of the Pacific after sunset. As an added bonus, Uranus will be visible only a finger’s width above the Moon, similar to a bright star.
Totality will last about an hour and a half, from 5:16 a.m. to 6:41 a.m. EST, as Earth passes directly between the Moon and the Sun.
Known as the blood moon, it will appear reddish-orange in the light of Earth’s sunset and sunrise. According to NASA scientists, the moon will be 242,740 miles away at the peak of the eclipse.
Binoculars and spotting scopes will improve viewing, provided the sky is clear. Lunar eclipse will be visible in South America on Tuesday, weather has allowed
Taking full flight, Africa, the Middle East and most of Europe will have to wait until 2025. Among those providing a live feed of Tuesday’s lunar celebration: the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and the Virtual Telescope Project, based in Italy.
This is the second total lunar eclipse of this year; The first was in May. The next won’t happen until 2025. In the meantime, there will be plenty of partial lunar eclipses available.
The partial lunar eclipse, which will occur during the November full moon, will be visible on the eve of Friday, November 19. The eclipse will last from about 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., making it one of the longest lunar eclipses in centuries where the Moon will be located.