This past Monday, people from around the world aimed their cameras upwards in hopes of catching a glimpse of the “blood moon” lunar eclipse. But as this 19th century manuscript shows, it’s a phenomenon that’s been chronicled long before the advent of camera phones and telescopic lenses.
Got plans for the weekend? You do now, friend! There’s a Supermoon Eclipse on Sunday night into Monday morning—and we’re all going to watch it. Here’s how, when, and also why to catch the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse.
If you’re wondering about the mechanics behind why the Moon looks bigger than usual tonight, or what that has to do with a lunar eclipse, this quick NASA animation will explain the basics of tonight’s astronomical event.
NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day is featuring this long exposure photo of the lunar eclipse rising over the city of Chongqing, China, captured by photographer Zhou Yannan on October 8. The zooming tail effect as the Moon went out of the eclipse is fantastic.
If Apocalypse ever comes, I hope the Moon turns red like this and the world goes all purple and lightningstormy and then I make love with some stranger and then the world doesn't really end and we drink cocktails.
There's going to be a 120-minute long, total lunar eclipse today at 2:20 PM EDT and that, of course, is awesome. But what's not so awesome is that it won't be visible to people in North America. Selfish Moon! Good thing we have Google to live stream the whole shebang.
Late Monday night—well, actually, early Tuesday morning—the moon will move into the earth's shadow, causing a lunar eclipse visible to anyone in North America. Even better, it's happening on the Winter Solstice, for the first time since 1638.