The next lunar eclipse is a once in a lifetime opportunity. (No, really.)

Introducing the Beaver Moon. The eclipse is such a rare occurrence, it’ll only happen once in your lifespan…if you’re lucky. So, what is it? And when is the historical event? Keep scrolling for details about the Beaver Moon.

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1. What is a Beaver Moon?

According to NASA, this year’s Beaver Moon is a near-total lunar eclipse. This means the moon, sun and earth will directly line up, with most of the moon being shadowed by the earth. (Around 98 percent.) The eclipse will be the longest of the century, and since it hasn’t occurred in 580 years, it’s a must-see event.

2. When is the Beaver Moon?

The Beaver Moon is set to take place on the morning of Friday, November 19. Although the full moon will be visible Thursday evening through Saturday morning, the lunar eclipse will only occur when the moon is at its brightest. The event will last around three and a half hours, beginning at 2:18 a.m. ET and ending at 5:47 a.m. ET. As NASA points out, the peak is expected around 4:02 a.m. ET, so set your alarm clocks.

3. What's the difference between a Beaver Moon & a Blood Moon?

The Beaver Moon is inspired by beaver hunting season, which peaks during this time of year. November also marks the start of winter when the animals retreat to their lodges. The name is majorly based on the timing of the full moon and not the color.

On the other hand, a blood moon is a phenomenon that occurs when the earth casts a colorful shadow on the moon during a lunar eclipse, making it appear red in color. (FYI: It’s the same concept as sunrises and sunsets.)

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