What is a half-blood thunder moon?
With so much excitement swirling around the Moon with the 50-year anniversary of Apollo 11 this week, the Moon is providing us with another show highlighting its beauty. A half-blood Thunder Moon will rise on Tuesday night, but who will be able to see it?
A partial lunar eclipse happens when only a part of the Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon. The color is red because any sunlight that does manage to pass through Earth’s atmosphere and reach the Moon will illuminate the color. The next North American lunar eclipse is expected to take place on July 4th of 2020. What a cool way to see fireworks!
Even though we won’t be able to see the eclipse in the States tonight, Saturn and Jupiter will be visible to the right of the full moon, so if you have a telescope, tonight is the night to set it up. It is rare that we are able to get these images of the planets, so take advantage of any opportunity that we get.
The eclipse is set to begin at 11:43 AM Pacific time and will end at 5:17 PM. It is expected to reach its peak at 2:30 PM Pacific time. Unless you live in parts of Australia, Africa, South America, or Europe, however, you will not be able to see it. But have no fear, timeanddate.com is offering a livestream of the event.