On Thursday night, humans around the world were treated to a spectacular sight — the longest partial lunar eclipse in six centuries, lasting over 3 hours and transforming the moon into a shade of copper-red.
Even though the lunar eclipse peaked in Canada in the middle of the night (around 1 a.m. in Vancouver, 2 a.m. in Calgary and Edmonton, and 4 a.m. in Toronto, according to CBC), many eager spectators stayed up late to witness it and take photos.
From the photos already being posted, it’s clear that the late night was worth it. As you’d expect for something so rare and unique, the sky looked completely surreal.
— Hugo Sanchez (@YEGHugo) November 19, 2021
The glowing red sphere looked majestic above Edmonton’s skyline.
Lunar eclipse paired up with the Pleiades Star Cluster taken from Sarnia, ON at 4 AM #LunarEclipse #LunarEclipse2021 #eclipse #moon #pleiades #stars #astronomy #conjunction #sarnia #ontario #canada @jasonoyoung @southernon_wx @cluke5 @StormhunterTWN @isabel_ONwx @weathernetwork pic.twitter.com/Bq1xGIWVId
— David Piano (@ONwxchaser) November 19, 2021
The spectacle was equally as breathtaking in Sarnia, where one photographer managed to capture a cluster of twinkling stars in the same photo.
🌘Lunar Eclipse Nov 19 4:05 am
🇨🇦 Ottawa Gatineau Canada
From my back balcony. Earth’s shadow has covered most of the full moon with just a crescent of light at the edge. pic.twitter.com/Xw7luFZk5U
— Sylvia (@Sylvia_FineArt) November 19, 2021
Live Lunar Eclipse as we speak (almost)!!
Good morning from Toronto, ON, Canada..
1st pic is of the moon with our iPhone and the rest ore courtesy of the astronomers across the world.
— Manoj Sharma (@RealtorManojS) November 19, 2021
Those who woke up early enough in Ottawa and Toronto witnessed the moon like we never have before in our lifetime.
More photos will likely get posted once those among us who forfeited their sleep start to wake up. If you couldn’t drag yourself out of bed last night to witness it, at least you can experience it through social media.