A partial lunar eclipse will darken the moon during the early morning hours of November 19.

Most locations will see up to 97% of the moon blanketed by Earth’s shadow -- and lucky for us, the eclipse will be visible in all of North America.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow cuts off all or part of the sunlight reflected off the Moon.

The major downside is that it’s going to happen in the middle of the night. According to timeanddate.com, the ‘Maximum Eclipse’ will take place at 3:02 AM on Friday, November 19. The total duration of the eclipse is 6 hours, 2 minutes.

If you plan on going out to view it, bundle up!

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This is the second lunar eclipse of 2021. In late May there was a total lunar eclipse, but unfortunately, the full eclipse began after the moon was below the horizon in Iowa.

A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse and on December 4 parts of the world will be treated to a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE. But it won’t be visible in Iowa. You'll have to travel a long way to Antarctica to see the total phase of this total solar eclipse.

There will be TWO Total Lunar Eclipses visible in Iowa in 2022. The first will happen in May followed by another in November. Those will be the only two lunar eclipses in 2022.

According to NASA, the moon has been inching away from our planet (by about 1.6 inches per year), and right now the moon is at the perfect distance for Earth's shadow to cover the moon totally, but just barely. Billions of years from now, that won't be the case.

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