Meteorite CRASHES into 'Super Blood Moon' during lunar eclipse
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The Americas, parts of Asia and Australasia and the Pacific Islands will be treated to a rare Blood Moon in the coming hours. Europe, the UK and Africa will not get a chance to see the phenomenon in person, but you will still be able to check it out via the wonders of the internet.
How to see the lunar eclipse and the resulting Blood Moon?
The lunar eclipse will begin at 11.52am BST.
Almost half an hour later at 12.20am, the Moon will be fully eclipsed by Earth’s shadow.
A couple of minutes after that, the Moon will begin to emerge from the shadows and this is when the Blood Moon will become visible.
The change in colour happens because the light from the Sun is being bent when it passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.
This bizarre effect is known as ‘Rayleigh scattering’, which filters out bands of green and violet light in the atmosphere during an eclipse leaving just a red glow.
The Virtual Telescope Project will be hosting a live stream of the event.
The showing kicks off at 11am BST on the Virtual Telescope Project’s website.
In it, several astronomers will be joining to guide viewers through the show.
The Virtual Telescope Project said: “Next 26 May 2021, the Moon will offer an amazing total eclipse, well visible from Far East and Western Americas.
“As in the past, the Virtual Telescope Project will partner with some great astro-imagers there to bring to you the stunning beauty of such a unique event.
“Yes, it will be somewhat unique: the 26 May 2021 Full Moon will be both a ‘Supermoon’ (the largest full Moon of the year, by the way) and a ‘Blood Moon’, something we really want to share with you.”
As mentioned by the Virtual Telescope Project, our lunar satellite will also take on the appearance of a Supermoon.
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This occurs when the Moon appears slightly bigger than normal.
On average, the Moon is 238,000 miles from Earth, but during a Supermoon the can be 221,000 miles away from our planet.
This is because the Moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle and is actually slightly oval.
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