An eclipse of the Moon on Friday morning will see our natural satellite turn a red or copper color for a few hours as seen from North America, South America, Australia and East Asia. Here’s a reliable YouTube livestream—with plenty of other options below.
At three hours 28 minutes and 23 seconds it will be the longest partial lunar eclipse this century.
Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming partial lunar eclipse and how to watch it live online from your home.
When is the ‘Blood Moon’ eclipse?
In the early hours of Friday, November 19, 2021 a lunar eclipse will cause the Moon to turn a reddish color. The key moment if you want to briefly see a red full Moon will be 04:02 a.m.EST/01:02 a.m. PST on Friday, November 19, 2021.
However, to see the Moon gradually turn red—an entrancing sight in clear skies—be outside at 02:18 through 04:02 a.m. EST on Friday, November 19, 2021/23:18 p.m. PST on Thursday, November 18, 2021 through 01:02 a.m. on Friday, November 19. 2021.
Get the exact celestial schedule for your location and consult an interactive map of the event.
What will happen during the ‘Blood Moon’ eclipse?
The full Moon will move into Earth’s 870,000 miles/1.4 million km long shadow in space or, at least, most of it will.
Although this one is classed as a partial lunar eclipse, only 97.4% of our satellite will enter Earth’s shadow. So although a tiny slither of the Moon will remain in sunlight, almost all of its disk will turn red.
Why will the Moon turn red?
During the event our planet will be aligned with the Sun and the Moon. So our atmosphere will filter the Sun’s light onto the Moon as the Moon enters the Earth’s shadow. The effect is like thousands of sunrises and sunsets being projected onto the lunar surface.
Where to watch the ‘Blood Moon’ eclipse online
Here are five livestreams from YouTube that have scheduled live coverage of the partial lunar eclipse:
The ever-reliable timeanddate.com will broadcast a livestream on YouTube from 07:00 UTC as a companion to this eclipse. Expect lots f live views and background information.
2. Virtual Telescope Project
The Virtual Telescope Project has confirmed that it will host a live feed covering the upcoming lunar eclipse. Its team will include imagers all over the world to offer the best and most complete coverage possible. They include Australia, Panama, Canada and the U.S. The coverage is scheduled for 19 November and will start at 07:00 UTC.
3. High Point Scientific
Telescope retailer High Point Scientific is livestreaming the eclipse on YouTube starting at 2:00 a.m. EST.
4. Astronomical Society of South Australia
From Adelaide in South Australia the Sun will be setting in the West just as the partially eclipsed Moon is rising in the East. The local Astronomical Society of South Australia (ASSA) will host a special online event to view the Moon as it rises into the sky over southern Australia, changing colour as it gradually moves out of the Earth’s shadow.
Its network of imaging telescopes located in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland (and further away if necessary) will provide close-ups alongside expert commentary, short presentations and activities. As a bonus expect post-eclipse telescopic views Jupiter and Saturn, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies.
5. Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona
Starting at 12:15 a.m. on November 19, Lowell Observatory will be showing live views of the eclipse through a 14-inch PlaneWave telescope and a portable Vixen refractor telescope. Educators will also discuss the science of eclipses, the best ways to view them, Lowell’s history with the Moon and more.
Disclaimed: I am the editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com
Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes.
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