Partial – But Nearly Total! – Lunar Eclipse, November 18-19, 2021
Live online broadcast from Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA | November 18-19, 2021
Upcoming Eclipse Events at Griffith Observatory
On the evening of November 18 into the early morning of November 19, there will be a partial (nearly total) lunar eclipse visible from Los Angeles.
Griffith Observatory is hosting an online broadcast of the partial (near total) lunar eclipse on November 18-19 from 10:00 p.m. – 4:05 a.m., PST. Griffith Observatory is NOT conducting onsite public viewing. Griffith Park will NOT be open during the broadcast. The Observatory will stream the eclipse live online, weather permitting.
NOTE: If skies are clear, the eclipse should be visible to the unaided eye from anywhere in southern California. It is safe to view a lunar eclipse without any eye protection. You do not need a telescope to see a lunar eclipse. Just go outside and look up to the south.
A time-lapse version of the lunar eclipse feed should be available from Griffith Observatory’s YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/GriffithObservatory) at 6:00 a.m., PST, on November 19.
Partial (Nearly Total) Lunar Eclipse
|10:00 p.m.||Online broadcast begins|
|11:19 p.m.||Umbral eclipse begins (first visible bite out of the Moon)|
|1:03 a.m.||Greatest eclipse|
|2:47 a.m.||Umbral eclipse ends|
|4:05 a.m.||Online broadcast ends|
|6:30 a.m.||Sun rises in the east-southeast|
|6:46 a.m.||Moon sets in the west-northwest|
|(NOTE: The Moon may set a little earlier due to the local horizon.)|
What is a Partial Lunar Eclipse?
A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes partway into the dark inner shadow, or umbra, cast by the Earth. On November 18-19, ninety-seven percent of the round disk of the full Moon slowly moves into the dark shadow, and the bright Moon grows dim. The Moon does not, however, become completely dark. Instead, it usually glows with a copper or red color, a result of sunlight being filtered and bent through the Earth’s atmosphere (much like a sunset).
The lunar eclipse is visible throughout southern California and may be seen easily with the unaided eye, though telescopes or binoculars may enhance the view.
The next total lunar eclipse visible in Los Angeles will occur on May 15-16, 2022
To learn more about eclipses, please visit our eclipse info page
Advice for Viewing
If skies are clear, the eclipse will be visible to the unaided eye from anywhere in southern California. It is safe to view a lunar eclipse without any eye protection. You do not need a telescope to see a lunar eclipse. Just go outside and look up to the southwest.
Lunar Eclipse Animation