Gather the kids and get out the telescope. There’s a potentially dazzling total lunar eclipse in our immediate future.
It’ll happen beginning at 10:41 p.m. Jan. 20. Also called a Blood Moon, the moon will turn completely red as the Earth moves between the sun and the moon and casts a shadow over it. And because it will be a supermoon due to its closeness to the Earth, it will appear bigger and brighter.
The event will end a little more than an hour later at 11:43 p.m. The maximum eclipse, when the moon is closest to the center of the Earth’s shadow, will be at 11:12 p.m., according to timeanddate.com.
If the skies are clear, we’ll be able to have a good view.
Here’s a cool animation showing what the upcoming eclipse will look like in Fort Worth.
Total lunar eclipses happen only when the sun, Earth and moon are in alignment and there is a full moon, according to NASA.
“Lunar eclipses aren’t just beautiful — they’re reminders of how interconnected the natural world is,” Dr. Morgan Rehnberg of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History said in a news release. “If the Sun, Earth and Moon weren’t lined up just right, we wouldn’t see a thing.”
Rehnberg will host a Facebook Live on the museum’s page at 4:30 p.m. on June 18 to discuss the upcoming event.
Here are tips from Space.com on observing the eclipse and taking photos of it through a telescope.
For more on why the moon turns red, check out NASA’s MrEclipse.com.