Sky watchers admiring the full moon in November may also see another treat: an armpit eclipse on Monday, November 30, as the Moon passes through the outer shadow of the Earth, according to NASA.
The Moon will only be full for a moment – on Monday, this time at 4:30 a.m. EST (9:30 UTC), but the Moon will be full for three days: Saturday evening to Tuesday morning (November 28 and December 1).
Meanwhile, the onlookers must remember three times to catch the male eclipse: The full moon begins before EST 2:32 (UTC 7:32); EST reaches its maximum at 4:42 (UTC 9:42), when 83 percent of the Moon is covered by the Earth’s weak shadow; and ends Monday at 6:53 a.m. (UTC 11:53 p.m.), according to timeanddate.com.
Vaginal eclipses are different from complete or partial eclipses. During a full lunar eclipse, the Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon, preventing sunlight from reaching our natural satellite.
In contrast, during a partial solar eclipse, the Moon passes through a portion of the Earth’s inner dark shadow known as the Umbra.
Finally, during a lunar eclipse, the Moon passes through a portion of the Earth’s outer, fainter vaginal shadow, writes Space.com, the sister site of Live Science.
Unless you’re an experienced skywatcher, it can be hard to see the November armpit eclipse that will be visible in North America (as long as there’s no cloudy sky) because the vaginal shadow appears as a hazy veil.
“The darkening of the moon during an eclipse is unlikely to be noticeable without an instrument, but for spacecraft on the moon, such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the decrease in solar energy will be noticeable,” NASA said in a statement.
The full moon of November, known to many as the beaver moon, arrives at the end of the month this year because there were two full moons in October; the second moon, the blue moon, was for the first time in 76 years when a full moon was seen across Halloween across the United States.
Other names for the full moon in November include the cold moon, the frost moon, the winter moon, the oak moon, the pre-Yule moon, and the children’s moon.
The full moon is the Kartik Purnima (a Hindu, Sikh and Jain cultural festival celebrated differently by each culture), the Karthika Deepam (a festival of light observed by some Hindus), the Tazaungdaing Moon Festival (observed in Myanmar by the Bhudists, formerly Burma) and Ill Poya (Celebrated in Sri Lanka), NASA reported.
The beaver moon is the last full moon before the winter solstice, the shortest sunlight day in the northern hemisphere, which falls on December 21 this year.
Additional celestial observations can be observed in late November and early December: “Jupiter and Saturn, [which] it appears to be gradually approaching each other, appearing closer than the apparent diameter of the Moon from December 17 to 25, “NASA reported.
“The closest, about a fifth of the moon’s diameter, will appear on December 21, 2020.”
People with a backyard telescope should be able to see the four bright moons of Jupiter: Ganymede, Callisto, Europa and Io, and even the brightly lit rings of Saturn and Titan, the largest moon.
“Seeing Jupiter and Saturn so close together with binoculars and the naked eye should look spectacular,” NASA said.
For those who miss the moon in November, they can always design the last full moon of 2020, which will illuminate the night sky on December 29, at 22:28 EST (December 30, at 3:28).
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