If you slept through the latest partial lunar eclipse we can not blame you.
The sun went down at 4:35 pm Eastern time on Thursday, with a full, bright moon rising over New York City, mostly clear skies and a hot night. But a storm and falling temperatures may have encouraged many spectators to wake up at 4:03 a.m. when the eclipse reached its peak.
In other parts of the world, despite the clear skies, many photographers were too late to capture the scene. Their images captured the eclipse at its full – well, partial – brightness, and the moon was a rusty red.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth moves between the moon and the sun. The atmosphere acts as a filter for sunlight, so the shadow cast on our planet by the moon is similar to that seen at sunset.
This eclipse is unusual due to its length; It lasted more than six hours, from start to finish. Other recent lunar eclipses occurred very quickly because the Moon was so close to the Earth in its orbit. But the Moon’s orbit is elliptical, and at present it is closest to the maximum distance from us, so it took a long time to cross the Earth’s shadow. The last A partial eclipse of this period occurred in the 1440s.
Another eclipse of this length will not come for many years, but will be experienced by others. The full lunar eclipse, visible to visitors on the east coast, will occur on May 15.
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