An eclipse takes place when a celestial body such as a moon or a planet moves in the shadow of another celestial body. Here on Earth, we can experience two types of eclipses: solar eclipses and lunar eclipses.
A lunar eclipse is a special event that occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon come in a straight line and the Earth blocks the sun’s rays from reaching the lunar surface. There are three types of lunar eclipses: total, partial and penumbra.
However, the first lunar eclipse of 2021 occurred on May 26. Read on to learn more about the second lunar eclipse of the year.
Lunar eclipses 2021: November 18-19 (partial lunar eclipse)
It would be a partial lunar eclipse, which begins at 11:32 a.m. and ends at 6:33 p.m.
November 2021 lunar eclipses: visibility
The penumbral lunar eclipse would be visible across much of Europe, much of Asia, Australia, North Africa, West Africa, North America , South America, the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Arctic.
Different types of lunar eclipses
Total lunar eclipses: A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow covers the entire surface of the Moon. According to nasa.gov, “A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on exactly opposite sides of the Earth.”
Partial lunar eclipses: A partial lunar eclipse occurs when only part of the Moon’s surface is obscured by Earth’s shadow.
Penumbral lunar eclipses: When the Moon passes through the faint penumbra of Earth’s shadow, a penumbral lunar eclipse occurs.
At least two partial lunar eclipses occur each year, but total lunar eclipses are rare. It is safe to watch a lunar eclipse.
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