(All times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

  • New Moon:                   07:00am November 5th
  • First Quarter:                 11:00pm November 11th
  • Full Moon:                     07:00pm November 19th
  • Last quarter:                  07:05pm November 27th

At 8am on November 6, the Moon will be at Perigee, the closest it gets to the Earth each month. This month will be a mere 358,844 km away. On the 21st at noon, the Moon will be at apogee, its furthest point from Earth this Month at 406,279 km.

May 2021 Lunar Eclipse

There will be a partial lunar eclipse this month visible on November 19, 2021. We will miss the beginning of it as the Moon will rise partially covered by the Earths shadow. The entire event will last about six hours, although we will miss the eclipse’s first stages, which start at 6:18pm when the Moon is below our horizon. The Moon will rise at 7:37pm, almost totally eclipsed with maximum eclipse after 8:02pm. 97% of its surface will be coloured with a reddish tinge. The partial eclipse will end at 9:47pm.

About every eight months, there will be a lunar eclipse. Less than half of these will be total eclipses. The actual number of lunar eclipses in a year can range from none to a maximum of three. A total eclipse of the Moon is visible from Australia on average every 2.8 years. The last one was on May 26 this year. The next one will be on November 8, 2022.

Eclipses of the Moon occur when the Moon moves into the shadow of the Earth. When the Moon is fully immersed in the dark part of the shadow, a total eclipse of the Moon occurs. At such times the eclipsed Moon usually takes on a dark reddish colour from the light bent or refracted onto the Moon by the Earth’s atmosphere. When the Moon is only partially immersed in the shadow’s dark part, this is known as a partial eclipse and what we will see this month.

An eclipse of the Moon can only happen at the Full Moon phase. 

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Clear skies!