If you slept by means of the newest partial lunar eclipse, we can’t fault you.

The solar set at 4:35 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, and a full, shiny moon rose above New York City into principally clear skies and a heat night time. But a storm and plunging temperatures might have discouraged many viewers from rising at 4:03 a.m., when the eclipse reached its peak.

In different elements of the world, the place the sky remained clear, nonetheless, many photographers stayed up late to seize the view. Their footage caught the eclipse in its full — nicely, partial — splendor, with the moon tinged a rusty crimson.

A lunar eclipse happens when Earth passes between the moon and the solar. The environment acts as a filter on the daylight, so the shadow that our planet casts on the moon resembles one thing like the sunshine seen at sundown.

This eclipse was uncommon due to its size; from begin to end, it lasted greater than six hours. Other latest lunar eclipses have transpired extra shortly as a result of the moon was nearer to Earth in its orbit. But the moon’s orbit is elliptical, and at the moment, it’s close to its most distance from us, so it took longer to go by means of Earth’s shadow. The final partial eclipse of this length occurred within the 1440s.

Another eclipse of this size received’t come round for a few years, however there will probably be others to take pleasure in. A complete lunar eclipse, seen to viewers on the East Coast, will happen on May 15.

You can join The Times’s area and astronomy calendar for a reminder of that and different occasions. And as you wait, savor some footage of final night time’s encounter.


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