The celestial bodies are gathering for an event this weekend, and Portland’s clouds may keep it in sight.
A penumbral lunar eclipse will occur on Monday evening, Monday morning, November 29-30. According to NASA, the moon’s face will gradually darken over four hours. This is the second lunar eclipse in Oregon this year, following an earlier Penumbral eclipse in July.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the shadow of the Earth falls over the Moon, and only occurs on a full moon when the Sun, Earth, and Moon all come together. 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.
During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon gradually darkens slightly up to the maximum solar eclipse, after which it gradually starts glowing again. Unlike during a total or partial eclipse, the moon’s face 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 solar eclipse at 1:42 AM on Saturday, and end at 3:53 AM on timeanddate.com.
Whether we can really see it in the Portland area depends on the cloud cover. The skies should be clear during the day on Sundays, and the clouds are expected to roll in at night, the National Weather Service said. There is a prediction.
Two more lunar eclipses will be visible in the Pacific Northwest over the next two years. A total lunar eclipse is about to occur on May 26, 2021, early in the morning, and a partial lunar eclipse from November 18-19, 2021 All known in the United States.
Jim Todd, OMSI’s director of space science education, said a solar eclipse always occurs two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse, but this time most parts of the world will miss it: the next total solar eclipse will occur on December 14 in Chile and Argentina. Only visible from certain areas. A partial solar eclipse can be seen in parts of South America, Southwest Africa and Antarctica.
The Pacific Northwest will not see another solar eclipse until the annual solar eclipse on October 14, 2023 and the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.
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