May brings a super blood moon eclipse Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory reveals what skywatchers can expect in May 2021, including a super blood Moon eclipse.
Beginning on May 14th, Mercury, Venus, and Mars will all be visible about half an hour after sunset.
On the 26th, the Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow over several hours during a total lunar eclipse.
Therefore you will find more often that the month of May brings a super blood moon eclipse As the Sun’s rays pass through the atmosphere, some colors in the light spectrum are filtered out by a phenomenon called Rayleigh scattering. This is the same mechanism that causes colorful sunrises and sunsets.
The Red wavelengths are least affected by this effect, so the light reaching the Moon’s surface has a reddish hue, causing the fully eclipsed Moon to take on a red color. Also Depending on the composition of the atmosphere, different parts of the light spectrum are filtered out, so the Moon may also look yellow, orange, or brown during a total lunar eclipse. The blood moon occurs over and entire .night
Video Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer