A Total Lunar Eclipse Is Coming With A Flower Blood Moon: How To Watch The Night Sky Spectacle

Japanese lantern effect; Larry Johnson, CC license

Fans of the night sky, on May 15 and 16, look up to see the blood-red spectacle that is a total lunar eclipse.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the full moon slips into Earth’s shadow, and those watching from South America and the eastern side of North America will be in for quite the spectacle.

If you’re an eclipse chaser living in western North America, or Africa or Europe, you’ll also be able to experience true beauty in the form of a partial, not total, lunar eclipse.

Such an eclipse can be a blast to watch, giving viewers a chance to witness the Japanese lantern effect, according to farmer’s Almanac, at such times, the moon’s surface appears the color of bright copper, fading to a beautiful “clipless yellow ribbon.”

To get accurate times for the spectacular eclipse where you are, timeanddate.com It’s got you covered. Of course, since this is a lunar eclipse rather than a solar one, you don’t need to worry about damaging your eyes looking up.

What if you miss this one? It is not to worry. The next one will happen on November 7-8, 2022. We will be sure to remind you of that event in advance.

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the great conjunction

One day after the next eclipse, on May 18, another mid-month treat awaits you, as the rare conjunction of Mars and Neptune becomes visible in the moments before sunrise.

Mars is easy to spot, it’s tangerine red in color, and on the 18th, Neptune will be just 0°34′ north of it; With binoculars or a telescope, you can easily go from one planet to another and get a closer look. that distant Great Blue Planet.

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See you at the nearest dark sky location near you.

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