Did YOU see it? Longest partial lunar eclipse in 600 YEARS is spotted over Brisbane, Tokyo and New York as the moon appears red in the night sky 

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  • 97 percent of the moon in North America turned red during the longest partial lunar eclipse in 600 years
  • The initial phase of the lunar eclipse began at 06:02 GMT (01:02 ET) and ended at 10:47 GMT (05:47 ET).
  • The actual eclipse began at 07:18 GMT (02:18 ET), as it entered shadow, peaking at 09:02 GMT (04:02 ET).
  • It was barely visible from Britain as the Moon had set below the horizon just before the eclipse’s zenith

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The longest partial lunar eclipse since 1440 was seen overnight in Brisbane, Tokyo and New York, turning the moon various shades of red.

The celestial show cast the lunar disk almost entirely in shadow as it passed behind Earth, turning 97 percent of its face red.

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It was visible throughout North America and parts of South America, with Polynesia, Australia, and Northeast Asia appearing in the later parts of the show.

Photos of the Red Moon, known as the ‘Beaver Blood Full Micro Moon’, have been shared from around the world, showing different degrees of totality.

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The next time a partial lunar eclipse will be so long will be in 2669, although on November 8, 2022 there will be a total lunar eclipse that will last longer.

The 97 percent Beaver Moon sets behind the Lackawanna Clock Tower before sunrise on November 18, 2021 in Hoboken, New Jersey, as seen from New York City

Earth's shadow covers the Moon during a partial lunar eclipse on Friday, November 19, 2021 in Yokohama, near Tokyo

Earth’s shadow covers the Moon during a partial lunar eclipse on Friday, November 19, 2021 in Yokohama, near Tokyo

The Moon is seen over Brisbane's Story Bridge as Earth's shadow covers the Moon during a partial lunar eclipse in Brisbane, Australia, 19 November 2021

The Moon is seen over Brisbane’s Story Bridge as Earth’s shadow covers the Moon during a partial lunar eclipse in Brisbane, Australia, 19 November 2021

Three people from Galicia, Spain witnessed a partial lunar eclipse.  coincide with full moon

Three people from Galicia, Spain witnessed a partial lunar eclipse. coincide with full moon

A partial lunar eclipse is being seen in Manila, Philippines.  The celestial show cast the lunar disk almost entirely in shadow as it passed behind Earth, turning 97 percent of its face red

A partial lunar eclipse is being seen in Manila, Philippines. The celestial show cast the lunar disk almost entirely in shadow as it passed behind Earth, turning 97 percent of its face red

What is lunar eclipse?

An eclipse occurs when a planet or moon passes between another planet, the Moon, or the Sun.

Depending on their classes, they can be total or partial.

A lunar eclipse is a specific event that occurs when the Earth comes directly between the Sun and the Moon.

When this happens, the Earth blocks the light from the Sun to the Moon. After this the shadow of the Earth falls on the Moon.

During a lunar eclipse, we can see the Earth’s shadow on the Moon.

They can last for several hours, but it is rare for a total eclipse to last longer than 100 minutes.

There are at least two lunar eclipses every year.

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The red color is caused by a phenomenon called ‘Rayleigh scattering’, where short blue light waves from the Sun are scattered by particles in Earth’s atmosphere, while longer red light waves pass through the particles.

A NASA website said, ‘The more dust or clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the moon will appear.

‘It is as if all the sunrises and sunsets of the world are projected on the moon.’

From the moment the eclipse began – when the Moon entered Earth’s shadow – it took more than three hours and 28 minutes until it ended.

This made it the longest partial eclipse since 1440, when Johannes Gutenberg invented his printing press, and it would not be that long again until 2669.

While this was the longest partial lunar eclipse, total lunar eclipses are longer.

NASA said moonwatchers won’t have to wait long for the second show – there will be a long total lunar eclipse on November 8 next year.

Your location on the planet determines how visible the eclipse was, as it depends on the time of the moon’s set and moonrise.

People from Western Asia, Australia and New Zealand missed the early stages, while those from South America and Western Europe missed the later stages.

Meanwhile, it was not visible at all in Africa or the Middle East.

The Moon with a partial lunar eclipse is seen behind the Statue of Freedom, early November 19, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

The Moon with a partial lunar eclipse is seen behind the Statue of Freedom, early November 19, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Earth's shadow covers the full moon during a partial lunar eclipse as seen near a statue of George Washington at the Washington Monument in Baltimore, Friday, November 19, 2021

Earth’s shadow covers the full moon during a partial lunar eclipse as seen near a statue of George Washington at the Washington Monument in Baltimore, Friday, November 19, 2021

The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse next to One World Trade Center in New York, early November 19, 2021

The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse next to One World Trade Center in New York, early November 19, 2021

A partial lunar eclipse was observed on November 19, 2021 in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador.  Latin American and Asian countries witnessed the longest lunar eclipse of the century.

A partial lunar eclipse was observed on November 19, 2021 in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. Latin American and Asian countries witnessed the longest lunar eclipse of the century.

The longest partial lunar eclipse in nearly 600 years was visible to a large part of humanity on 19 November, especially those living in North America

The longest partial lunar eclipse in nearly 600 years was visible to a large part of humanity on 19 November, especially those living in North America

People sit inside a rocket ship-themed playground before the lunar eclipse on November 18, 2021 in Torrance, Calif., though the moon shines

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