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Observe the last lunar eclipse of the year in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico Astronomy Society (SAPR), an organization endorsed by the NASA Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium, reports that during the early hours of this Tuesday, November 8, until dawn, the last lunar eclipse of 2022 will occur, an astronomical event that can be observed with the naked eye from anywhere on the island.

A lunar eclipse occurs when sunlight is filtered high in the Earth’s atmosphere and is cast as a direct shadow (umbra) on our natural satellite, which is what gives the Moon a red-orange color at that time.

“On this occasion we will have an eclipse that is somewhat different than usual, since from Puerto Rico it will begin in its partial phase from 5:09 a.m. and we will be able to appreciate its totality from 6:16 a.m. to 6:29 a.m. am when the Moon turns orange-red and is hiding by the horizon to the west just at sunrise”, said Professor Juan Villafañe, member and acessor of the SAPR.

For his part, Professor César M. López, president of OCCAE (independent organization affiliated with SAPR) and member of the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors voluntary educational program, commented that “The Moon has always been one of the most studied extraterrestrial objects because of its closeness to us. Now more than ever, it acquires superlative importance, by virtue of advances in Space Exploration, since, for example, the objective of the Artemis Mission is to establish a constant presence on the Moon. Although it is not a colonization project, it will be one of exploration on the possibilities of survival of the human being outside the Earth”.

López added that “a vast amount of research is already being carried out on how astronauts will take advantage of lunar resources to develop alternatives that allow them to prolong the time they can be on lunar soil. So, Astronomy is the foundation of study to understand, from Earth, the natural phenomena that occur on the Moon. What happens on the Moon during an eclipse like the one that will happen soon? Let’s enjoy these astronomical events that stimulate our curiosity and creativity”.

The SAPR concluded that the eclipse can also be seen in other parts of the planet such as North and South America, much of Asia, Australia and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The SAPR invites astronomy fans to show their eclipse photos through its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/saprinc

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