A partial lunar eclipse will take place on Thursday night and into early Friday.
The eclipse – which will shadow approximately 97% of the moon – will be one for the history books due to its unusually long duration. This will be the longest partial lunar eclipse “within a stretch of 1,000 years.”
US CONDEMNS RUSSIA FOR BLOWING UP OWN SATELLITE AND CREATING SPACE DEBRIS
The last time a partial lunar eclipse was this close was on Feb. 18, 1440.
Weather permitting, the event will be visible from any location where the moon appears above the horizon during the eclipse. The agency said North and South America, Eastern Asia, Australia and the Pacific region will be able to glimpse at least part of the eclipse.
NASA TARGETING FEBRUARY FOR LAUNCH OF FIRST MOON ROCKET SINCE APOLLO MISSION
For East Coast observers, the partial eclipse begins shortly after 2 a.m., reaching its peak a couple of minutes after 4 a.m, with the moon’s face largely masked by the umbra, the darkest part of Earth’s shadow. At this point, only a sliver on the bottom left of the “beaver moon” will remain.
On the West Coast, it will begin just after 11 p.m., with a maximum covering at 1 a.m.
Although partial lunar eclipses might not be quite as spectacular, they occur more frequently. No special glasses are required for viewing a lunar eclipse, whereas viewing solar eclipses requires them.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
However, skygazers should find a spot away from city light pollution.
This is the second lunar eclipse of 2021.