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Partial lunar eclipse to grace SA’s skies tonight

Get ready for some cosmic sass tonight – a partial lunar eclipse it taking to SA’s night sky.

Get ready for some cosmic sass tonight – a partial lunar eclipse it taking the night sky set to bring wreak havoc on emotions and relationships.

The lunar eclipse will be the longest partial lunar eclipse in a millennium, according to NASA.

Also known as the ‘blood moon’, the partial lunar eclipse occurs when a full moon is near the furthest point of its orbit.

In Adelaide, it begins at 7.59pm, reaching its maximum at 8.11pm and ending at 10.33pm.

Viewers can expect to see the moon change colour after sunset tonight. It is not expected to go as red as a total lunar eclipse, but it will offer a gorgeous light red. We are hoping that the clouds won’t block this view tonight, but with the forecast looking cloudy, this may be the case.

It’s been reported that with this lunar event comes cosmic chaos. Astrologers warn that all 12 star signs will be emotionally effected while Scorpios and Taurus could steer their relationships into disorder.

While this may be caused by the lunar eclipse, all we know for sure is that it’s Friday – that means wine o’clock and a wild night ahead.

The partial lunar eclipse will clock in at 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds with the only longer partial lunar eclipse taking place on February 18 in 1440.

The next lunar partial eclipse to exceed the duration of the 1440 event will take place in February 2669.

NASA explains a bit behind the science of the unique solar event.

“A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align so that the Moon passes into Earth’s shadow,” NASA states on its website.

“In a total lunar eclipse, the entire Moon falls within the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra.

“In the partial lunar eclipse, up to 99.1% of the Moon’s disk will be within Earth’s umbra.”

The lunar eclipse will be able to be seen globally from all of North America, as well as large parts of South America, Polynesia, and north-eastern Asia, as well as Australia.

Find out more about the partial lunar eclipse on the NASA website.


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