Miss Friday’s Lunar Eclipse? Here’s What it Looked Like.

The partial eclipse on Thursday night and Friday morning lasted more than six hours, and these photos captured the moon’s rust-red hue.,

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If you slept through the latest partial lunar eclipse, we cannot fault you.

The sun set at 4:35 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, and a full, bright moon rose above New York City into mostly clear skies and a warm night. But a storm and plunging temperatures may have discouraged many viewers from rising at 4:03 a.m., when the eclipse reached its peak.

In other parts of the world, where the sky remained clear, however, many photographers stayed up late to capture the view. Their pictures caught the eclipse in its full — well, partial — splendor, with the moon tinged a rusty red.

A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth passes between the moon and the sun. The atmosphere acts as a filter on the sunlight, so the shadow that our planet casts on the moon resembles something like the light seen at sunset.

This eclipse was unusual because of its length; from start to finish, it lasted more than six hours. Other recent lunar eclipses have transpired more quickly because the moon was closer to Earth in its orbit. But the moon’s orbit is elliptical, and currently, it is near its maximum distance from us, so it took longer to pass through Earth’s shadow. The last partial eclipse of this duration occurred in the 1440s.

Another eclipse of this length won’t come around for many years, but there will be others to enjoy. A total lunar eclipse, visible to viewers on the East Coast, will occur on May 15.

You can sign up for The Times’s space and astronomy calendar for a reminder of that and other events. And as you wait, savor some pictures of last night’s encounter.


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Palas de Rei, Galicia, northwestern Spain.Credit…Eliseo Trigo/EPA, via Shutterstock
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Washington, D.C.Credit…Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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Caracas, Venezuela.Credit…Federico Parra/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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Eager eclipse-observers in Beijing. (They were foiled by cloudy weather.)Credit…Roman Pilipey/EPA, via Shutterstock
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Shanghai.Credit…Aly Song/Reuters
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Lurking in Kansas City, Mo.Credit…Charlie Riedel/Associated Press
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New Orleans.Credit…The Advocate, via Associated Press
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A couple in Catania, Italy, mistakenly expected to see an eclipse, which occurred in other parts of the world.Credit…Antonio Parrinello/Reuters
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Karak, Malaysia.Credit…Mohd Rasfan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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