A partial lunar eclipse will be visible tonight peaking around 4 a.m. and 97 per cent of the moon will be in Earth’s shadow. The celestial event happening overnight between Thursday and Friday will be the longest partial lunar eclipse in almost 600 years. This issue for Canadians is the peak of the event will take place in the middle of the night.
If the weather is optimal, stargazers may want to endure the cold night air to catch a glimpse of the eclipse. This will be the longest partial eclipse since 1440 when Henry VI was the King of England. That event lasted 208.8 minutes, and Jami Cami, director of the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory at Western University in London, Ont, said the event tonight will last 208.4 minutes.
When the moon crosses through the Earth’s shadow, it will turn a reddish, coppery hu, cast by sunlight refracting through our atmosphere. The moon will start to go noticeably dim after 2 a.m. as it starts to enter Earth’s shadow.
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