Stargazers, did you catch it? The longest partial lunar eclipse in nearly 600 years occurred Thursday night and with its peak early Friday morning.
A partial lunar eclipse happens as the moon slips behind the Earth's shadow, and, in this case, only a sliver of the moon was visible during totality or peak eclipse. Those in North America, as well as large parts of South America, Polynesia, eastern Australia, and northeastern Asia, were able to view the phenomenon, NASA said.
This particular one took 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds and was the longest partial lunar eclipse in a millennium. The partial lunar eclipse was also nearly a full eclipse with 97% of the moon in shadow at the maximum eclipse.
According to NASA, there hasn’t been a longer partial lunar eclipse since Feb. 18, 1440 (3 hours, 28 minutes, 46 seconds) and it will remain the longest partial lunar eclipse for 648 years until Feb. 8, 2669 (3 hours, 30 minutes, and 2 seconds).
There will be a longer total lunar eclipse on Nov. 8, 2022.
Nathan Pace posted this footage showing nearly the whole moon eclipsed from his vantage point in Linton, Indiana.
According to NASA, the Moon turns red during a lunar eclipse because the only sunlight reaching the Moon passes through Earth’s atmosphere. The more dust or clouds in Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the Moon will appear.
Here was the view in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jim Simpson took this series of photographs in Smith Point, New York.
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Here's a look over Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.