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Currently — November 19th, 2021

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It’s eclipse season! ☀️ 🌎 🌕

The Nov. 18/19 lunar eclipse will *almost* be a total eclipse: a tiny sliver of the Moon will stay illuminated by the Sun. Earth’s shadow will turn the rest a deep red.

In the wee hours of tomorrow morning, an eerie astronomical sight will appear in the sky. A partial lunar eclipse will be visible to star-gazers across a large portion of the planet including North America, South America, and most of Europe.
The eclipse will commence when the moon first slips into the Earth’s less opaque, outer shadow called the penumbra at 1:02am EST Friday to result in a dimming effect on the moon, this as sunlight which would otherwise reflect off the moon to illuminate the stellar orb is blocked. 
The pièce de résistance takes place between 2:18am EST and 5:47am EST when the moon slowly passes through the Earth’s dark, innermost shadow, the umbra (latin for ‘shadow’…makes sense) and takes on a spooky reddish or coppery hue. 
At 6 hours and 2 minutes, the total duration of the eclipse, from the moment the moon enters Earth’s penumbral shadow to the moment it exits, will be the longest since the year 1440. The last time a partial lunar eclipse endured for as long was in the year 1440, about the same time the Incas were erecting Machu Picchu.
Why, you ask, is the upcoming eclipse so long? Because the timing of the eclipse comes as the moon closes in on apogee, or its farthest point from Earth for the month. The farther away the moon, the slower it cruises along its orbit, and thus the moon will require a bit more time to slide out of the Earth’s shadow.
The maximum eclipse will occur at 4:02am EST during which up to 99.1% of the moon will be engulfed by the umbra. For maximum viewing pleasure, the best time to take a peek will be between 3:30am EST and 4:30am EST. So set your alarm and have a gaze at this rare, celestial delight!
— Lauren Casey
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🚩🚩🚩This morning, @POTUS is hosting the biggest fossil fuel lease sale in US history. A horrifying attack on frontline communities and all generations will be underway in less than two hours. Please do not let this slip under the radar.
The Biden administration hosted the largest oil and gas lease sale in American history, on Wednesday morning. This comes just days after President Biden spoke at COP26, promising to take action on climate change. 
The offshore lease sale included eighty million acres of the Gulf of Mexico— that’s larger than the state of New Mexico. On the campaign trail, President Biden specifically said he opposed all new offshore drilling.
The Biden administration says that their hand was forced to open this sale. They point to their recent loss in federal court when over a dozen lawsuits were filed against the administration’s pause on new oil and gas leasing. However, environmentalists say that the admin is not wielding their full power by filing an emergency injunction or following other legal paths to uphold the pause. — Abbie Veitch
Indigenous Environmental Network
.@JoeBiden, this you?
Coming back from #cop26 with your performative “climate leadership” but the reality is your still driving us deeper into climate chaos while our communities are dying.
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