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Friday’s partial lunar eclipse to be longest in 580 years

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  • A partial lunar eclipse taking place early Friday will be the longest in 580 years.
  • Beginning at 1:02 a.m. EST, the eclipse will last 3 hours, 28 minutes, and 23 seconds.
  • The peak of the eclipse, set to occur at 4:03 a.m. EST, is expected to be visible in all of North America.

A near total eclipse of the heart — or at least the moon.

A partial lunar eclipse taking place early Friday will be the longest in 580 years.

Beginning at 1:02 a.m. EST, the eclipse will last more than 3 hours and 28 minutes.


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Why longest PartialEclipse in 580yrs? It’s a MicroMoon, near apogee, meaning furthest from Earth,” the Holcomb Observatory in Indianapolis tweeted. “Orbital laws-Moon will move slower in orbit thus taking longer to traverse through Earth’s shadow.”

The peak of the eclipse, set to occur at 4:03 a.m. EST, is expected to be visible in all of North America, as well as parts of South America, Polynesia, eastern Australia and northeastern Asia, according to NASA.

Unlike with a solar eclipse, no eclipse glasses are necessary to view the lunar eclipse.


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