Nashville January 14, 2019
The Next Lunar Eclipse Will Be Visible From Nashville And You Won’t Want To Miss Out
Another eclipse?! Last year Nashville made national news as one of the major US cities that would be able to see a full solar eclipse in the middle of Monday afternoon. Schools closed, offices threw parties in celebration, and everyone looked up in awe as the world went dark. This year, a lunar eclipse will be visible from Music City, and it’s a new experience all its own.
First, let's start with the basics. A lunar eclipse is when the Earth is positioned directly between the Sun and the Moon, causing the Moon to be completely covered by Earth's shadow. The result is absolutely breathtaking.
Here you can see what the eclipse looks like through its different phases. When the Moon is completely shadowed, it actually appears red since some light is being reflected to it by the Earth's atmosphere. Crazy, right?
This year's full lunar eclipse will be visible from five continents, but Nashville gets center stage and gets to experience the entire eclipse from start to finish.
The Moon will begin to enter the Earth's shadow on January 20th at about 8:30 p.m. From there, the full moon will get darker and darker until it enters the full eclipse at 10:40 p.m. It will stay completely eclipsed for just over an hour before phasing back to a regular full moon just before 2 a.m.
Did you know that eclipses of any kind never occur alone? Lunar and solar eclipses always come in pairs, just two weeks apart from each other. This lunar eclipse's partner was a partial solar eclipse that occurred in Northeastern Asia during the first week of January.
Total lunar eclipses are more common than solar eclipses because the Earth casts a larger shadow than the Moon, but we couldn't help throwing a solar eclipse picture in here as well. This picture taken from a satellite shows the Moon's shadow on the Earth during a solar eclipse. Cool!
This is your last chance to see a full lunar eclipse in Nashville until 2022! Head on outside on the night of the 20th and look up. We promise, you won't be disappointed.
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