A once-in-a-lifetime look at the longest partial Blood Moon eclipse had El Pasoans up in the middle of the night to capture the spectacular celestial event this morning.

F&D Photography Jose Sariñana

2021 has been full of astronomical activity, beginning with impressive meteor showers and lunar eclipses, including yesterday's partial and longest Blood Moon eclipse of the 21st century.

November's lunar eclipse began Thursday evening around 11 p.m., peaking around 2 a.m., and was very close to a total lunar eclipse (97%), with just a sliver of the moon missing Earth's dark inner shadow.

F&D Photography Jose Sariñana

During its transition, the moon briefly appeared rusty orange or red, similar to what occurs during the height of a total eclipse, and El Pasoans were ready for it.

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This particular Blood Moon eclipse was unique because it was the longest lunar eclipse since 1440, and it won't occur again until 2669.

Rodney DuBois

The eclipse took about six hours to complete, and amateur photographers not only braved the chilly temps but they managed to stay up all night to capture one of nature's most beautiful wonders.

I, too, managed to stay up until 3 a.m. and found the eclipse right over my home, and while I tried to take a picture with my phone, it didn't compare to seeing it unfold IRL.


Some El Pasoans, too, tried capturing the eclipse on their phones, while others pulled out their fancy cameras and managed to take some impressive and out-of-this-world shots.

One local photographer even put together an elapsed composition of the lunar eclipse over the Great Candela memorial at Walmart.

Al Baeza

No worries if you missed out on the spectacle because you will have another chance to witness a total 100% eclipse that will turn the moon blood-red in the summer of 2022.

Ryan Orion Montes

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