Longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century happens tonight

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A lengthy lunar event will be taking place over the Eastern Hemisphere this week.

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The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is happening tonight, but we won’t be able to see it.

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Unfortunately for residents of the Miami Valley, we will be about 6,000 miles away from being able to see it. The lunar eclipse can be seen in much of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia Friday afternoon. The full eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the partial eclipse lasting just under 4 hours. The eclipse will peak at 4:21pm Eastern time.

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A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s light, which otherwise would reflect off the moon. The moon takes a red glow during a lunar eclipse due to light bending around the Earth.

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If you are in any of the locations that can see the eclipse, send us your photos using the hashtag #skywitness7.

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