Total lunar eclipse happening tonight

The first blood moon of 2021 is forecast for May and will last an incredible 5 hours.

Adelaide, we’re in for a treat! A total lunar eclipse is on the horizon (literally) for us this tonight!

The incredible sight is caused when the Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow and is set to adorn our skies on 26 May at approximately 8:48pm with the event will last for a massive five hours.

Luckily for us, Adelaide is in a prime location to witness such a celestial event with the occurrence only possible when the Sun, Earth and Moon are exactly aligned – in a position technically known as ‘syzygy’ – with Earth between the other planets.

Although the eclipse will last a while, the Moon however, will be in total lunar eclipse from approximately 8:41pm to 8:55pm and will see it turn reddish in colour in a phenomenon otherwise known as a blood moon.

The blood moon is caused when the moon has moved into the ‘umbra’ of Earth’s shadow which is its darkest part and is the trigger of sky filled show.

The breathtaking event will be easy to see for most people, even in suburban areas, given the positioning of the Moon above the horizon giving no one an excuse to miss it so get your telescopes ready.

You don’t want to miss this!

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