A lunar eclipse will coincide with a ‘super blood moon’ next week

A lunar eclipse will coincide with a ‘super blood moon’ next week (Source Business Insider) The night sky could look a bit spooky on Wednesday, depending on your vantage point. A lunar eclipse will peak at 7:14 a.m. ET that day, giving the moon a reddish hue. The event coincides with a supermoon – a full moon that happens when the moon is at the closest point in its orbit to Earth. Hence the nickname “super blood moon.” The eclipse won’t be visible everywhere: Only parts of North America, South America, Asia, and Oceania will be able to see it. The best viewing points in the US are Alaska and Hawaii, but most western states should have a decent view. Some people east of the Mississippi will be able to witness a partial lunar eclipse. But East Coasters probably won’t see much. This will be 2021’s only total lunar eclipse. The phenomenon occurs when the moon and sun are on opposite sides of the Earth, and the moon enters Earth’s shadow. During that time, the moon doesn’t get any direct sunlight, though it’s still exposed to light filtered through Earth’s atmosphere. When that light hits the moon’s surface, it’s reflected back with a red glow because air molecules in the atmosphere tend to scatter blue light. Supermoons, meanwhile, happen a few times a year at most. They’re the biggest and brightest full moons of the year: about 7% bigger and 15% brighter, on average, than a typical full moon

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