This weekend is the total lunar eclipse, so get your Bonnie Tyler cassettes ready.
On May 15, at 9:00 p.m. The Earth will pass between the sun and the moon, causing a shadow on the lunar surface. Our normally bright moon will take on a dark look because of that.
The release of the first ever picture of our galaxy's supermassive black hole has led to another fascinating astronomy event happening this week. Space is cool.
What is going on up there this weekend? You can scroll on to learn more.
We have seen lunar eclipses before and they will happen again, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't check it out. This weekend is a total lunar eclipse, which means the sun, Earth, and moon are in perfect alignment to shadow the entire surface of the moon. A penumbral eclipse, where the moon only travels through the Earth's penumbra and thus barely gets any shadow, is different from a partial eclipse, in which the shadow grows but never fully covers the surface.
Some are calling the May full moon a Flower Moon and others a Super Moon. There is no clear consensus on what those names mean. The phrase "Blood Moon" is a fun way of describing the red hue given to the moon as light from the sun escapes and passes through the Earth's atmosphere.
The lunar body will be very large.
When there is a full moon, there are lunar eclipses. It takes a specific alignment of the three bodies to cause a lunar eclipse.
Eclipse seasons last about 35 days and occur every six months according to NASA. When a full moon pops up during an eclipse season, everything is in the right place. The last total lunar eclipse was on May 26, 2021.
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The peak color changing of the lunar eclipse is expected to begin at 9:11 pm. That is 12:11 a.m. East Coast residents can be found at 4:11 a.m. The time is UTC.
The beginning of the eclipse can be seen a few hours earlier, with the moon expected to reach 50 percent coverage around 7:59 pm. There is a time and place. The moon will be covered in a reddish hue until it reaches its total eclipse.
Just head outside. lunar eclipses are safe to view without protective eyewear.
The only way to see a lunar eclipse is from one half of the Earth at a time. It will be visible in North and South America, Europe, and parts of Africa. Don't miss your turn!
NASA will be streaming the eclipse on its website and YouTube Channel. Time. The live Q&A with NASA experts will answer viewers questions about the moon and space in real time. Anyone can submit a question using the #askNASA.
You can watch the livestream on YouTube.
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On the lunar eclipse page, NASA also lists live streams from around the world, like in Rome, Italy and Iturrietta, Spain. There is an all day global viewing event.