Celestial bodies gather at an event this weekend, and Portland clouds may block it from view.
A lunar eclipse will occur Monday night, Monday morning, November 29-30, according to NASA, gradually darkening the face of the Moon for more than four hours. This will be Oregon’s second lunar eclipse this year, following Penumbral’s previous lunar eclipse in July.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow falls above the Moon, and occurs only on a full moon when the Sun, Earth, and Moon all come together. Because only the lightest outer shadow on Earth (called the penumbra) obscures the Moon, penumbra eclipses are more subtle than total or partial eclipses.
During a lunar eclipse, the Moon gradually becomes slightly darker until maximum eclipse, after which it gradually glows again. Unlike a full or partial eclipse, the face of the Moon is not completely dark, and some people may not notice a difference.
The eclipse is expected to begin at 11:32 pm on Sunday, reach a maximum eclipse at 1:42 am on Saturday and end at 3:53 am timeanddate.com.
Whether we can really see it in the Portland area depends on the clouds. The daytime sky should be clear on Sunday, with clouds expected to roll over overnight, the National Weather Service said.
Two more lunar eclipses will be visible in the Pacific Northwest in the next two years. A total lunar eclipse is coming soon on May 26, 2021, early in the morning, and a partial lunar eclipse from November 18 to 19, 2021. Everyone knows in the US
Jim Todd, OMSI’s director of space science education, said solar eclipses always occur two weeks before or after the lunar eclipse, but this time most parts of the world will miss it: the next total solar eclipse will be on December 14. in Chile and Argentina. Visible only from certain areas. Partial solar eclipses can be seen in parts of South America, southwest Africa and Antarctica.
The Pacific Northwest will not see another eclipse until the annual solar eclipse on October 14, 2023, and the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.
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