Full beaver moon Monday


While the current weather forecast calls for showers Sunday, Monday is projected to be partly clear, so there should be opportunity for skywatchers and photographers to view and capture the full moon. The moon, often called the beaver moon, rises at 4:18 p.m. on Nov. 29 from northeast. 

The second lunar eclipse of the year also occurs Sunday night, the first having been July 4, 2020, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Director of Space Science Education Jim Todd advised in an email last Wednesday. The eclipse will last for 4 hours and 21 minutes, he wrote.

“A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and full moon are in a straight alignment,” Todd explained. “The moon is above the horizon during this eclipse, so if the sky is clear in the Pacific Northwest, the entire eclipse will be visible,” he wrote.

During the eclipse, the full moon will be near the constellation of Taurus and Orion above the southern horizon. “Just 3 degrees to lower left of the moon is the red giant star, Aldebaran, of Taurus, the bull.  At a magnitude of -1.15, the red planet Mars will be to the far lower right,” Todd said.

Todd further advised a solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.  The next total solar eclipse will be on Dec.  14, but will not be visible locally. 

“The moon will appear full for about three days around this time,” Gordon Johnson detailed at tinyurl.com/y42emd7q. “The moon will be close enough to opposite the sun that it will pass through the partial shadow of the Earth, with 83 percent of the moon in the partial shadow at 4:44 a.m., the peak of the eclipse.”

Also to come in December is the Gemenid Meteor shower, best viewable after midnight and set to peak mid-month.

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