After so many years, the world is finally able to see the second lunar eclipse of the year on November 19, 2021. And it is known that this lunar eclipse is very similar to the latest one that happened on May 26, 2021.
“The partial phase of the eclipse will begin at 12:48 PM and will end at 4:17 PM,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said last week.
According to the reports, it is also known that the lunar eclipse which can be seen on November 19, 2021, is considered the longest partial lunar eclipse in the last 580 years and also one of the longest ones in 1,000 years. Now, a lunar eclipse happens at the time when the earth comes in between the sun and the moon. As a result, this will cast a shadow on the latter for a brief period.
As said earlier, this lunar eclipse, which will reportedly be seen on November 19, can be seen for a total duration of 3 hours 28 minutes, and 24 seconds. Like the time the lunar eclipse will appear is longer, this long duration, as a result, makes this the longest lunar eclipse in the 21st century as its length did not happen in the last 1,000 years. In addition to this, the lunar eclipse is also considered the longest partial lunar eclipse in the last 580 years.
According to the reports, a long partial lunar eclipse lastly appeared on February 18, 1440. It is also predicted that the next lunar eclipse this long is likely on February 8, 2669. Amazingly, there are now chances that some people can see and be able to experience this rare scene because the next time people will face this long lunar eclipse will be after so many years.
The longest lunar eclipse in 1,000 years:
Lunar eclipses always occur on a full moon day and the full moon on November 19 is described as a beaver moon or frost moon and the full moon day in November is known as Karthik Purnima in India, which is considered as a special event for the Hindus.
The lunar eclipse which can be seen on November 19, 2021, will start at 12:48 IST and then it will come to an end at 16:17 IST. This lunar eclipse will be at its peak at around 14:34 IST and around this time, the earth’s shadow will cover about 97% of the moon.
Where the eclipse can be visible:
According to the reports, the best place where the entire episode of the beaver eclipse can be visible and watched on November 19, 2021, is North America. North America is one of the best places where the beaver eclipse can be seen clearly. And apart from this, the other places from where this eclipse can be visible by all to an extent includes many regions in Asia and also a few parts in Europe and West Africa.
In India, this eclipse can also be seen from the naked eye in the northeast part of the country. Places such as a small segment of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh can be the places from where people can watch the eclipse. On the other hand, in places such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand, only the final phase of the eclipse can be seen by the people. But, this eclipse, unfortunately, cannot be visible from other parts of India other than the mentioned places. Director of Research and Academic at MP Birla Planetarium Debiprosad Duari told PTI, “A few areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam will experience the last fleeting moments of the partial eclipse just after the moonrise, very close to the eastern horizon,” he explained.