Heads up! There’s a partial lunar eclipse happening this November 19 and it’s a big...or should we say long, one.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), this Friday “the moon will partially pass through the umbra of the Earth’s shadow,” which will result into the said astronomical event.
While it won’t be a total lunar eclipse, it’ll still be one for the history books. As per the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the lunar eclipse is projected to be the longest partial lunar eclipse this century, lasting a total of three hours, 28 minutes, and 23 seconds.
Now, before you start preparing your binoculars, unfortunately Filipino skywatchers might have to stick to viewing this event online. In their astronomical diary for the month, PAGASA noted the upcoming eclipse might be hard to observe from where we are.
They explained, “The eclipse will begin at 2:03 P.M. and will end at 8:04 P.M., however, the Moon is about to rise at around 5:22 P.M. This means that by the time the Moon reaches 19° above the horizon, the eclipse has already ended.”
Instead, the historical partial lunar eclipse will be visible in Oceania, the Americas, Eastern Asia, Northern Europe, and Indonesia. Tough luck! But hey, if you really want to see the astronomical event, there’s always the internet!
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