The longest lunar eclipse in 580 years is tonight

Nov 18, 2021

A total lunar eclipse
Credit NASA

Stargazers are in for an incredibly rare treat this evening.

The longest lunar eclipse in nearly 600 years is taking place tonight.

The eclipse will last for three and a half hours, starting around 2:15 a.m. and going until 5:45.

The Director of Eastern Michigan University’s Sherzer Observatory, Norbert Vance, says the best time to view it will be between 2:30 and 4:30.

“So mid-eclipse just after 4 a.m. So you have to be devoted to astronomy or get up in the middle of the night to see it best,” Vance says.

Vance says, unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can be viewed by anyone and do not require any special safety equipment.

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