A triple showing is coming from the Moon on May 26 when it provides stargazers with a lunar eclipse and a Blood Moon, as well as being a Supermoon. The Moon will provide a total eclipse at 12.20pm BST. However, for those of us in the UK who hope to view it in person, we are out of luck.
While the lunar eclipse will be visible from five continents, Europe is not one of them.
Antarctica, Australia, Asia, North and South America will see the eclipse, with the USA in the best position to get optimum viewing.
Not only will it be a lunar eclipse, but there will also be a Blood Moon.
Blood Moons are the result of a total lunar eclipse during a Full Moon.
When the Moon begins to emerge from the Earth’s shadow, this is when the Blood Moon will occur.
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.
Finally, the Moon will also be a Supermoon which is when our lunar satellite appears bigger.
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.”