A total lunar eclipse, when the Moon turns reddish, was recorded by NASA in 2014 – NASA Ames Research Center/Brian Day/Disclosure
The night of May 15th will be special for anyone interested in astronomy. The first eclipse lunar total this year will take place between 10:30 pm on the 15th and 3:50 am on the 16th, and the peak of the phenomenon will be at 1:11 am. Here in Brazil, it will be possible to follow the phenomenonwhich occurs when the Sun, our planet and our natural satellite align, and the Moon turns a reddish color.
In events like this, the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow and the light passes through all the Earth’s dust and clouds, giving it the red color — an effect known as Rayleigh Scattering. Plus, it looks about 7% bigger, according to NASA. Also according to the American space agency, it will be possible to follow the phenomenon in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Pacific.
One second eclipse lunar total will take place on November 8th, which will also be visible from Brazil. In November 2021, a partial lunar eclipse so intense it could almost be called total.
Before that, on May 6, Brazilian observers will be able to follow the height of the Meteor rain Eta Aquarids. It occurs when the Earth passes through the densest part of the trail of debris left by the passage of Comet Halley. Activity began on April 21 and continues through May 12, but the peak intensity, when more than 40 meteors are seen per hour, will be on the night of May 5-6. Locations in the equator region will have more clarity, but any environment with low artificial light and good weather conditions allows observation.
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