You feel like keeping your eyes on the sky, Vancouver: The longest partial lunar eclipse in nearly 600 years takes place tonight.
The eclipse will last a staggering three hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds, according to NASA. At the height of the eclipse, 98% of the moon will be covered by the earth’s shadow.
A faint, copper-like glow will envelop the moon, and combined with the yellow splinter that remains unadulterated, the celestial extravaganza will create a “Japanese lantern effect.”
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this will be “a strikingly beautiful sight” to the naked eye. Those looking through binoculars or a telescope are embarking on an even bigger show.
In Vancouver, the lunar eclipse will technically begin at 10:02 p.m., but will only be visible around 11 p.m. tonight. It peaks at 02.02 on Friday morning.
The moon leaves the darkest part of the earth’s shadow – called the umbra – at 02.47, after which the eclipse will no longer be visible from the earth.
So you will actually be able to see the eclipse from Vancouver? According to Environment Canada’s forecast, it looks good.
The afternoon light rain makes room for partly cloudy skies at 22 o’clock, and only a few clouds are expected to hang in the sky at.
If you choose a good night’s sleep over looking at the moon, you’ll be unlucky for the rest of your life.
According to NASA, the next time a lunar eclipse will exceed the length of tonight’s, February 9, 2669.