Watch The Moon Turn Pink Nov 19

Partial lunar eclipse, Las Vegas NV, 10 Dec 2011 (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

15 November 2021, Pittsburgh, PA

If you live in the U.S. Eastern time zone, set your alarm for 3:30am Friday morning to step outside and watch the moon turn pink.

In what will be the longest partial lunar eclipse in 600 years, the moon will reach maximum darkness — and pinkness — at 4:02am EST, best seen from North America, the Pacific and eastern Russia.

Why pink? The Guardian explains, “During a total lunar eclipse, when the moon is in the Earth’s shadow, the only light reaching the moon passes through the Earth’s atmosphere. That produces a red tinge, or a deeper red colour after big dirty volcanic eruptions.”

Visibility of partial lunar eclipse on 18-19 Nov 2021 (image from NASA)

The eclipse will happen at the same time everywhere (UTC) but local time will differ. In Pittsburgh the eclipse will end just before sunrise and then the moon will set.

What phase?When in Universal Time (Zulu time)?When in Pittsburgh?When on the West Coast?
Penumbral eclipse begins0602 UTC on 19 Nov1:02am EST on 19 Nov10:02pm PST on 18 Nov
Partial eclipse begins0718 UTC2:18am EST11:18pm PST on 18 Nov
Maximum eclipse0902 UTC4:02am EST1:02am PST on 19 Nov
Partial eclipse ends1047 UTC5:47am EST2:47am PST
Penumbral ends1203 UTC7:03am EST4:03am PST
Sunrise7:11am EST
Moonset7:22am EST

Will we see the moon turn pink in Pittsburgh? Not well, if at all. In this century the 19th of November has been cloudy 75% of the time. Friday’s forecast says sky cover will be 50% at 4am. Check Pittsburgh’s Clear Sky Chart on Thursday 18 Nov before you set your alarm.

Our best chance for seeing this eclipse is to watch it Live at I’ll be up at 4am anyway to write this blog. I’ll let you know what I see.

p.p.s. Here’s an interesting factlet from “An eclipse never comes alone! A solar eclipse always occurs two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.” Indeed, there will be a solar eclipse on 4 December 2021 but we’ll have to be in Antarctica to see it.

(photo from Wikimedia Commons, map from

2 thoughts on “Watch The Moon Turn Pink Nov 19

  1. I won’t be up at 4 AM to see if the sky is clear enough, but why will it turn pink? I’ve heard of a “blue” moon and a harvest moon, but not a pink one.
    Also, a belated congratulations on the 14th anniversary of your blog. Always fascinating and interesting fun facts and stories of the world and Mother Nature. Keep on blogging!
    Every day is a treat!

    1. The moon looks pink during an eclipse because the only light reaching passes through Earth’s atmosphere. For whatever reason, that turns the light pink/reddish.

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