Caribbean to see part of Monday's lunar eclipse

Pablo Tucker
January 2, 2021

The lunar eclipse will occur during November's full moon, called the "Beaver Moon", because it's the time of the year when beavers retreat into their lodges for the winter, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. Because only the lightest outer shadow of the Earth (called the penumbra) obscures the Moon, a penumbral eclipse is more subtle than a total or partial eclipse.

The Moon will be at its fullest for only a moment - on Monday, that happens at 4:30 am EST (9:30 UTC) - but the Moon will appear full for three days: from Saturday night through Tuesday morning (November 28 to December 1).

Penumbral eclipses stand out from other eclipses such as the total or partial ones.

November's full moon, known to many as the beaver moon, comes late in the month this year because October had two full moons; the second moon, a blue moon, was the first time in 76 years that a full moon was visible across the U.S. on Halloween. This will be the second lunar eclipse in OR this year, following an earlier Penumbral eclipse in July.


Two more lunar eclipses will be visible in the Pacific Northwest over the next two years.

This eclipse should be a bit more noticeable than the one in July, as more of the moon will be passing through the Earth's shadow. Check Time and Date to see when it will occur in your area.

Just before the last sunrise of November, night owls and early birds will be treated to the final lunar eclipse of the year as the moon passes through part of Earth's shadow. A telescope or a pair of binoculars will bring the Moon's surface features into much sharper focus, and it will allow a better look as Earth's shadow sweeps across.

Rather than turning a dusky red colour, the Moon will only dim slightly during this penumbral eclipse, with the dimming more concentrated towards the Moon's north pole.


According to the USA space agency NASA, the eclipse will be visible over both Americas, the Pacific, eastern Australia and parts of Asia. The peak of the eclipse when the moon will be the darkest will be 4:42 a.m.

Unfortunately for hopeful stargazers in the United Kingdom, eclipsing will begin around the same time the Moon will dip below the horizon.

But don't fret if you miss your chance to view the eclipse.


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