If the skies cooperate in the wee hours of the morning this Friday, November 19, you may be able to see the moon turn into a bright red orb in the sky.

This century's longest lunar eclipse begins at 2:19 AM and will peak at 4:04 AM when the moon is high in the western sky. It will come to an end at 6:03 AM before the sun rises at 6:44.

At its peak around 4 AM, Earth will block 98% of the sun's light from reaching the moon's surface and turning it into a reddish hue. According to National Geographic, when the moon eclipses the sun, it casts two types of shadows on the moon. An enormous cloud, known as the penumbra, and a smaller, darker shade, known as the umbra.

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A complete blood moon lunar eclipse happens when the sun, moon, and Earth are perfectly aligned. If the sky is clear, it is a wonder to behold. Even though this is technically a partial lunar eclipse, it will still block 98% of the sun's light from reaching the moon's surface. This will be the longest lunar eclipse in 580 years.

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Speaking from experience, finding the best place to shoot photos of this phenomenon is key. It should be a spot where there are no extraneous lights nearby and getting to a higher elevation if possible. Remember, the peek for the upcoming partial beaver moon lunar eclipse is this Friday, November 19 at 4 AM.

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