If you were around to gaze at the stunning sight of a total lunar eclipse back in January, then this is your chance! The next one will happen on May 26th and it should be spectacular. This incredible event happens when the moon passes through Earth's dark shadow and reflects an orange-red light across our sky. It'll also help keep stargazers entertained since there are other celestial events starting Monday that they won't want to miss out on either - so make sure you've got all your gear ready for them too!
The first Blood Moon of the year is coming! May 26, 2021, lunar eclipse will be a total one. You can see it from Earth's dark shadow and watch as our planet blocks out all light to give you this eerie red/orange color in the sky. This blood moon has been called Purna Chandra Grahan in Hindi or "Total Lunar Eclipse" because we'll only have partials left for another two years until 2022 and 2023 respectively- so make sure not to miss it if you're looking forward to seeing some great celestial events! If that interests you then schedule your time now before these dates fill up with other observances like Monday night's Quadrantids meteor shower which are also worth watching too but more on those later...
You will be able to catch the Blood Moon this month if you live in Asia, Australia, Oceania or North America. If you are lucky enough to have a clear view of Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia on July 27th then your viewing experience is going take place during penumbral eclipse for five minutes where it won't look like anything out-of-the-ordinary but still worth checking out nevertheless!
NASA says that on May 17, the planet Mercury will reach its greatest angular separation from the Sun as seen from Earth. It can be visible to naked eyes and you should make sure it is not cloudy so you can enjoy this celestial event.
The moon was also in full view last week but then reached a new phase earlier than expected! The next time we see Venus with our own eyes again takes place at sunset on Wednesday evening when both planets are high above the horizon just east of Regulus (the brightest star near Orion). If your telescope has good optics, take advantage because there’s only 9 days left before they disappear for another two months.
On May 23 and 24, Spica, a bright star, can be seen on the right of the moon. ”In late May or early June ‘Near-Earth Object’ will pass the Earth traveling at 22,800 miles per hour”.
On May 25, at 9:51 pm EDT, the moon will be at perigee, the closest to earth for this orbit.
May 26 welcomes a total lunar eclipse. When the Moon passes in the shadow of the earth, it darkens and becomes reddish. The red color comes from the filtering of the sunlight from the atmosphere.
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