The moon will shine a scarlet color during this year’s first total lunar eclipse on Sunday – a stark contrast to its usually milky white glow.
Not everyone will be able to see the total lunar eclipse because it has to be dark to see it, said Noah Petro, head of NASA’s Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Laboratory.
How to see the eclipse
According to Petro, it is perfectly safe to see a lunar eclipse with the naked eye.
“That’s the great thing about lunar eclipses is that you don’t need any equipment other than a passion and interest in being outside and having a clear horizon,” Petro said.
For the best viewing conditions, avoid bright lights and tall buildings that could obstruct your view, he said.
While the peak of the eclipse may last only a short time, the copper tones of the moon will change throughout the night, according to Petro. These changes make this celestial phenomenon interesting to observe throughout the eclipse rather than at any particular time, he said.
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Lunar and solar eclipses
Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun but blocks only part of its light. Be sure to wear appropriate eclipse glasses to view solar eclipses safely, as sunlight can damage your eyes.
A partial solar eclipse on October 25 will be visible to those in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northeast Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, India, and western China. It will not be visible from North America.
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If you live in an urban area, you might want to drive to a place that isn’t littered with city lights to get the best view.
Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look up. And give your eyes about 20-30 minutes – without looking at your phone or other electronics – to adjust to the darkness so the meteors are easier to spot.
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