How To Watch The Lunar Eclipse "Blood Moon" In Hong Kong On May 26, 2021
A total lunar eclipse is taking place this month and will be visible in Hong Kong on May 26. During this time, the moon will take on an uncommon coppery-red hue. As the eclipse coincides with the Super Moon, the biggest full moon of the year, you can expect the diameter of the moon to be about seven per cent larger than the ordinary full moon, making it look like a Super Blood Moon.
The lunar eclipse is best observed at places with an unobstructed view in the east-southeast direction if weather permits. The Hong Kong Space Museum will also be live streaming the lunar eclipse from 7 pm to 9 pm that evening.
The coming celestial phenomenon begins before moonrise at 6:56 pm and the total eclipse phase kicking in at 7:11 pm when the moon enters the Earth's shadow completely with the peak occurring at 7:19 pm. The whole eclipse will last for about 15 minutes.
During this period, the moon will not completely vanish but will appear in a dull red colour. This because the blue part of sunlight is being scattered away by the Earth's atmosphere and the remaining red light refracted onto the moon.
Those looking to watch the live stream by the Space Museum can tune it to their YouTube channel. Curators will share interesting tidbits related to lunar eclipses, including the Super Moon, and the fascinating science behind our closest celestial neighbour. Additionally, you can visit one of Hong Kong's best stargazing spots if you want to see the eclipse with your own eyes.
Compared to other astronomical phenomenons, a lunar eclipse is easily one of the most observable ones. It occurs during the full moon, around the 15th day of each lunar month when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon in space. Though a lunar eclipse is only visible when the sun, Earth and the moon are aligned in such a way that the Earth's shadow falls on the moon.
Now, it's time to dust off those binoculars and telescopes and observe yet another beautiful phenomenon happening in our sky.
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