People in North and Central America to get “ringside seat” to total lunar eclipse
In what the astronomers are describing as a rare but exceptionally beautiful phenomenon, the total lunar eclipse on early Tuesday morning will be visible in its full magnificence in the whole of North and Central America, as well as in parts of northern Europe and Asia.
Referring to the vast expanse over which the full lunar eclipse will be visible in its entirety, Sky & Telescope magazine’s editor Alan MacRobert remarked: “We've all got a ringside seat to this one. We'll be watching it together.”
The total eclipse of the moon will span 72 minutes - 2:41 to 3:53 a. m. ET. However, a slice of the earth’s shadow will start appearing on the left side of the full moon at 1:33 a. m. EST; and will grow with each passing minute till the beginning of total eclipse at 2:41 a. m.
The moon will be the darkest at 3:17 a. m.; and after total eclipse gets over at 3:53 a. m., it will start emerging from shadow by 5:01 a. m.
According to Rebecca Johnson, editor of StarDate magazine, it is going to take “a long time to watch the whole eclipse, about 3½ hours.”
Describing the total eclipse scenario as deeper “night within a night,” MacRobert elaborated that, with the Earth lining up between the sun and the moon, direct sunlight does not hit and reflect off the moon’s surface. He further added that the only light which reaches the moon is “filtered and bending through our atmosphere.”
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