Lunar eclipse: Pacific readies for 'Super Blood Moon' celestial show

Lunar eclipse: Pacific readies for 'Super Blood Moon' celestial show

The lunar eclipse will likely be hard to distinguish for stargazers those in the Eastern Time zone and won't be visible at all for Canadians in the Atlantic provinces. Nasa.gov explains the moon's orbit is not circular, but an oval, and "super moons" are closer to earth appearing larger.

According to NASA's page on the Blood Moon of May 26, "sunlight bends and scatters as it passes through Earth's atmosphere", and during a lunar eclipse, this filtered sunlight makes it way to through the Earth's atmosphere, and does reach the lunar surface. A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, the earth, and the full moon are aligned.

Is there a livestream for the Lunar eclipse?

Finally, the "flower" is the name given to the full moon in the month of May.

'The same effect that gives the sky its orange glow in the morning or afternoon will cause that on the moon - essentially you're seeing sunrise on the moon'.

Unlike with a solar eclipse, skywatchers don't need any special equipment to safely view the celestial show.

"Technically, the November event will be partial, but only the thinnest sliver of the Moon's disk will remain outside the umbra, so for all intents and purposes it'll be very much like a total eclipse", she said in a statement. Observers along the Asian Pacific Rim will see the total eclipse right after the Moon rises in the east. The total lunar eclipse will be visible everywhere in the Pacific and Mountain time zones, as well as in Texas, Oklahoma, western Kansas, Hawaii and Alaska.

Areas in which a partial eclipse can be seen include the eastern US and eastern Canada. Observers can catch this view just prior to the Moon setting in the morning. Only the partial eclipse, "which takes place as the Moon moves into and out of Earth's shadow" will be visible in parts of Eastern India, Nepal, western China, Mongolia, and eastern Russian Federation.

Cultures across the world have thought of the lunar eclipse as a sign of changing fortunes or even ill fortune. This live stream runs Wednesday from 2:30 am to 4:25 am (Eastern Standard Time 4:30 am to 6:25 am). According to NASA, during the solar eclipse, the moon becomes reddish from the sun's rays passing through the Earth's atmosphere. The chart above will help, with the row "Total begins" signifying the start time of the lunar eclipse sequence. Eastern time (that's 5:11 a.m. Mountain time and 4:11 a.m. on the West Coast). For people along the eastern coast of the USA and Canada, a partial eclipse will be visible between 4:48 a.m. and 5:16 a.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).

If you're in Europe or Africa, or simply don't intend to be awake in the wee hours of the morning, you've still got options.

European Space AgencyTotal lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019.

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