It’s the sky spectacle of the year.
Next Wednesday, May 26, a full “supermoon” will brighten the night sky over the U.S. At the same time, a total lunar eclipse will be visible across the western U.S. during the predawn hours.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between the full moon and the sun. The Earth’s shadow covers the moon, which often has a red color, hence the “blood” moon nickname.
Although it’s completely in the shadow of Earth, a bit of reddish sunlight still reaches the moon.
You don’t need special glasses or gizmos to view it, unlike a solar eclipse, so feel free to stare directly at the moon. Binoculars or a telescope will improve the view.
Folks in the western U.S. will have the best view of the eclipse, while those in the central U.S. will see a partial lunar eclipse just before the moon sets below the horizon. Unfortunately, people who live along the East Coast won’t see much of anything eclipse-related, the Old Farmer’s Almanac said.
Hawaiians will get a great view with the eclipse happening high in their sky in the middle of the night, the Almanac said.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Doyle Rice