Beaver Moon: Partial lunar eclipse, longest since nearly 600 years ago, to occur during next full moon

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The longest partial lunar eclipse in centuries is set to coincide with next week’s full moon, in an hourslong event that will be visible across North America and many other parts of the world.

The Beaver Moon is expected to reach its peak next Friday at 1 a.m. PST, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

But don’t expect to see the moon fully illuminated at that point. That’s because the celestial body will be mostly blocked by the Earth’s shadow for a few hours around then, creating a near-total eclipse that will be visible to a large swath of the planet, NASA reports.

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On the West Coast, the partial eclipse will begin shortly after 11 p.m. on Nov. 18 and will hit its maximum just after 1 a.m. on Nov. 19— about the same time the moon is expected to be at its fullest.


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