After a particularly tumultuous month – and a newly retrograde Mercury – many in Argentina are looking forward to winding down and starting off their weekend on a high note with a glass (or three) of Malbec and a view of tonight’s lunar eclipse. The eclipse, which will not be visible in North America, will be the longest of the 21st century according to NASA.
For your convenience, dear reader, The Bubble has compiled a nifty guide of the best places and times to catch tonight’s blood moon.
The entire phenomenon will last roughly six hours from start to finish, set to begin at 2:14 PM in Argentina and end a little before 8:30 PM. Meanwhile, the full eclipse will start at 4:30 PM local time.
However, it will only be visible in Argentina starting at 6:30 PM, until the conclusion two hours later. Tonight’s will be a penumbral eclipse, in which a diffuse outer shadow of Earth will fall on the moon’s face.
The peak moment of the eclipse is set to be at 5:21 PM, which unfortunately will not be visible from Argentina.
Complete Eclipse Timeline:
- Beginning of the Penumbral Phenomenon: 2:14 PM
- Start of the partial eclipse: 3:25 PM
- Start of the total eclipse: 4:30 PM
- Peak moment of the eclipse: 5:21 PM
- End of the total eclipse: 6:13 PM
- End of the partial eclipse: 7:19 PM
- End of the Penumbral Phenomenon: 8:28 PM
If the weather tonight is too cold and rainy for you to camp out on your terrace, rooftop or backyard to try to catch a glimpse of the blood moon, not to worry! You can always watch the phenomenon live through a number of internet feeds:
- The astronomy education website Slooh will have live-stream coverage of tonight’s eclipse.
- The Weather Channel will also be hosting a live stream on its app, so people can conveniently watch on their phones
- The Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands will live stream the event from its observatory
- The Virtual Telescope Project will be hosting “Night of the Red Moon and the Red Planet,”which will include a webcast that will live stream the eclipse
Tonight’s eclipse is set to be a full 26 minutes longer than the last, which took place in January of this year, and which you can watch here: