How to view November 2021 snow month, lunar eclipse near Nashville

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Night gazers on the east coast of the U.S. will be able to catch the event from 2 to 4 a.m. ET, according to NASA. Weather permitting, the eclipse will be visible from any location where the Moon appears above the horizon during the eclipse, NASA said.

A partial lunar eclipse happens when the Earth moves between the Sun and the Full Moon, but they are not precisely aligned, according to TimeandDate.com.

What is a frost moon?

Only part of the Moon’s visible surface moves into the dark part of the Earth’s shadow.

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  • According to NASA, a three hour and 28 minute partial lunar eclipse will take place on Nov. 18 and 19 and people across the world will simply have to walk outside to catch a glimpse.

  • What’s a partial lunar eclipse?

The partial lunar eclipse will accompany this month’s full moon, also know as the frost moon, according to NASA. The frost moon, which got its name due to the frost that occurs at the end of the fall, is the last full moon of autumn and was originally coined by Native American tribes, according to the Maine Farmer’s Almanac.

Although not as spectacular as a full lunar eclipse where the moon is completely blacked out by the Earth’s shadow, this partial eclipse will block out 97% of the moon’s surface. 

What other stars can I see? While only 97% of the moon will be covered, there are still plenty more things to look out for during your nighttime gaze. NASA says the Pleiades star cluster and the brightest star in the sky – known as Sirius – will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere.

This is the last lunar eclipse of the year and the longest between 2001 and 2100. People can expect to see 20 total, partial and penumbral eclipses between 2021 and 2030 and 228 over the next 80 years. In case it’s a little too cold outside that night, NASA will be live streaming the event here.

When’s the next full moon? The next full Moon will be early on Friday morning, Nov. 19, 2021, according to NASA.

Molly Weisner is a digital producer for the USA Today network. Find her on Twitter @molly_weisner.