Stargazers gather in cities across the US as the Beaver Moon illuminates the night skies ahead of the lunar eclipse
- The November full moon is known as the Beaver Moon due to the hunting season
- It is also known as a Frost Moon or the Freezing Moon
- In the early hours of Monday it will enter a penumbral lunar eclipse
- Not as spectacular as a full lunar eclipse, it will still grow darker
- The entire eclipse took place around 2:32am EST on Monday morning
Stargazers were in for a treat in the early hours of Monday with a Beaver Moon – the full moon of November – going through a penumbral lunar eclipse.
The entire eclipse began around 2:32am EST on Monday morning.
The moon was scheduled to be at peak illumination around 4:30am EST, Accuweather said, and will be visible in all of North America, South America, Australia and most of Asia, depending on the weather.
The November moon got its name for the time of year when beavers scurried to their shelters ahead of winter, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
It was also historically the time when hunters trapped beavers for their pelts.
The full moon rises behind people standing on The Edge viewing platform in Manhattan
The Beaver Moon rises over the Capitol in Washington DC
The moon is sometimes known as the Frost Moon, the Freezing Moon and the Digging or Scratching Moon, dubbed for animals foraging for nuts among fallen leaves.
The last astronomical event of November will be a penumbral lunar eclipse, similar to the eclipse that took place in early July in North America, according to Accuweather.
‘During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the Earth’s outer shadow, called the penumbra, and misses the darker inner shadow, which is known as the umbra,’ Accuweather said.
‘This is different from a total lunar eclipse when the entire moon passes through the darker umbra.’
A plane comes in to land at Los Angeles airport on Sunday with the Beaver Moon behind
Penumbral lunar eclipses are subtle and not as easy to spot as the more dramatic total lunar eclipses because the moon only gets slightly darker.
About 85 per cent of the moon will turn a shade darker during the peak or middle phase of the eclipse.
While this type of shading effect of the moon is visible, your best chance to see it may be through a telescope, according to NASA.
Unlike with solar eclipses, eye protection is not necessary.
The full moon is seen by the George Washington Bridge on the Hudson River in New York
The Beaver Moon glows behind the Empire State Building in New York City
The full moon rises over New York City on Sunday night