Partial lunar eclipse 2021: Can I see it in Florida? How to watch it on your phone, TV, YouTube
The next partial lunar eclipse is coming up Nov. 18 and 19 — and we’re over the moon.
Why the cause for celebration? This global event is the longest partial lunar eclipse of the century. The moon will slip into Earth’s shadow for 3 hours and 28 minutes — the longest in 100 years, according to NASA. It’ll be visible to much of the world — including the Sunshine State (at night, of course!).
In Florida, we can best see this natural phenomenon at about 4 a.m. Here’s what you need to know about the partial lunar eclipse 2021.
What does partial lunar eclipse mean?
It’s when the moon slips into Earth’s shadow, usually for a couple hours.
"That means during the night, a full moon fades away as Earth's shadow covers it up," according to spaceplace.nasa.gov.
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What time is the partial lunar eclipse 2021?
Those on the East Coast should look outside between 1:02 a.m. and 7:03 a.m. on Nov. 19. For those on the West Coast, say, in California in the Pacific time zone, the eclipse actually happens overnight ... between 10 p.m. Nov. 18 and 4:05 a.m. Nov 19 ... making it seem like a two-day event.
Note: the entire duration of the partial lunar eclipse lasts 5 hours and 49 minutes — but that includes the penumbral eclipse, partial eclipse, maximum eclipse, partial eclipse's end, moonset and the penumbral eclipse's end.
What does the moon look like during a partial lunar eclipse?
The moon will have a reddish glow during a partial lunar eclipse.
When can I see the partial lunar eclipse in Florida?
You can see the eclipse from 1:02 a.m. to 5:47 a.m. Nov. 19. However, max view for Floridians will be from 4:02 a.m. to 5:47 a.m., according to timeanddate.com.
At about 4:18 a.m., partial moon eclipse starts, and the moon starts to get red.
Who can see the partial lunar eclipse?
Weather permitting, it should be visible from any location where the moon appears above the horizon during the eclipse, according to NASA. Geographically, that means the partial lunar eclipse will be visible in the U.S., much of Europe, Asia, Australia, parts of Africa, South America, and the Pacific. Visibility varies depending on the time zone.
Can I watch the partial lunar eclipse online?
Yes! While it’s recommended to step outside to witness this global phenomenon, for those who want to watch it online, it will be livestreamed on NASA’s website as well as timeanddate.com (video embed below).
How do I watch the partial lunar eclipse on my phone?
Come back to this story on Nov. 19 and click on the video embed above.
You also can watch the partial lunar eclipse on your phone's YouTube app. Go to NASA's YouTube channel for the livestream.
How do I watch it on TV?
If you have cable or an antenna for those who don't have cable, you can tune in to the NASA channel, a public access channel, on your TV. Check your TV channel guide for NASA TV. The NASA channel also is available via computer, tablet or phone.
For a schedule of NASA TV programs,visit nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public.
For viewers who have a Roku box or Amazon Fire TV Stick, select the NASA app or if you want to use the YouTube app, search for the NASA channel and click on the partial lunar eclipse video. Like the Time and Date website, NASA also will livestream the partial lunar eclipse.
A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.
When are the next eclipses visible from Florida?
Here’s a list of other eclipses that Floridians can look forward to:
• Partial solar eclipse April 30, 2022
• Total lunar eclipse May 15 and 16, 2022
• Penumbral lunar eclipse Nov. 8, 2022
• Partial solar eclipse Oct. 14, 2023