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Lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into the Earth's shadow.

Skygazers are in for a celestial delight as the longest partial lunar eclipse of the century on Friday is likely to turn the moon to a red-brown hue, despite not being a blood Moon. Lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into the Earth's shadow. It the longest such eclipse in nearly 600 years but will be visible at to only those living in North and South America, Eastern Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Region, according to NASA.

The lunar eclipse began at 1.02 a.m. EST on Friday (11.32 a.m. IST) and will goes on till 7.04 a.m. EST (5.34 p.m. IST). At 3.45 a.m. EST, more than 95 per cent of the Moon's disk will be in the umbra or the darker part of the shadow, and the Moon will appear red. The colour might be easier to see in binoculars or a telescope. The eclipse will peak at 4.03 a.m. EST -- the best time to see the red colour.

lunar eclipse The eclipse will peak at 4.03 a.m. EST -- the best time to see the red colour. | Photo by Aman Jakhar on Unsplash

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Skygazers are in for a treat as the longest partial lunar eclipse of the century is going to take place on November 19 | Photo by Claudio Testa on Unsplash

Skygazers are in for a treat as the longest partial lunar eclipse of the century is going to take place on November 19. It is also the longest such eclipse in nearly 600 years. Lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into the Earth's shadow. In this case, the partial eclipse phase will last 3 hours, 28 minutes and 24 seconds, and the full eclipse for 6 hours and 1 minute, making it the longest partial eclipse in 580 years, according to Indiana's Holcomb Observatory, located on the campus of Butler University in the US. "Longest partial eclipse of the century to occur in the pre-dawn hours of November 19th. This will also be the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years!" the observatory tweeted.

Sky observers will get a view of a subtly changing moon, which may even take on a reddish hue. This will also be the last lunar eclipse of the year. According to NASA, the event will begin at approximately 2.19 a.m. EST (12.49 p.m. India time) on Nov 19. The US space agency said that the eclipse will take place in four main phases -- at 1.02 a.m. EST the moon will enter the penumbra, or the lighter part of the moon's shadow. This phase is usually hard to spot without special equipment because the darkening is so slight.

total lunar eclipse Lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into the Earth's shadow. | Photo by Mark Tegethoff on Unsplash

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