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Supermoon Lunar Eclipse To Become The First Pan-American Total Eclipse In 19 Years

15 Jan 2019, 15:01 UTC
Supermoon Lunar Eclipse To Become The First Pan-American Total Eclipse In 19 Years
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The Supermoon lunar eclipse of 2015 was the first such combination since 1982, and was the largest diameter Moon to be seen in lunar eclipse in more than three decades. 2018 had one, and so will 2019 on January 20/21. (JIMMY BAIKOVICIUS FROM URUGUAY)On January 20/21, half of Earth will experience a total lunar eclipse. For the first time in 19 years, this includes all of North and South America.When the Sun, Earth, and Moon line up just properly, the shadow cast by our planet can fall onto the Moon. If the alignment is perfect, the result will be a total lunar eclipse, where the entirety of the Moon enters the darkest part of Earth’s shadow. During this time, anyplace on Earth’s surface that experiences night will be treated to the spectacular show of a completely red, dim Moon.Total lunar eclipses are relatively common; we get about one per year, on average. But something special is happening on the night of January 20th/21st: the entirety of the North and South American continents will get to experience the full show of the eclipse. This includes the penumbral, partial, and total stages from everywhere in the Americas. It’s the first time this ...

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