Lunar Eclipse 2021: When and How to See It

by Michael Freeman
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While lunar eclipses are always beautiful to watch, the one this Friday will be the longest in nearly 600 years. Luckily, if you can’t view it directly, there are several sources through which you can.

The lunar eclipse will take place Friday morning and the moon will remain a red or copper color for a few hours. Those of us in North America, South America, Australia, and East Asia should have a clear view of it. The key moment to look out for will have the moon turn red and will occur around 4:02 a.m. EST. However, if you don’t happen to live in one of these locations, you can still stream the event.

One way is through timeanddate.com, which will broadcast on YouTube. Not only will it begin streaming at 7:00 UTC, but it is also expected to have a multitude of viewers and background info on the event. The Virtual Telescope Project also confirmed they will host a live feed covering the lunar eclipse. In addition to covering the event, they plan to include images from all over the world for a comprehensive viewing experience. Coverage there similarly begins at 7:00 UTC.

High Point Scientific, a telescope retailer, plans to stream on YouTube at 2:00 EST that morning too. Beginning at 12:15 a.m. this Friday, the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona stated they will show the eclipse through a 14-inch PlaneWave telescope and a portable Vixen refractor telescope. Educators will also inform viewers about eclipses and discuss the best ways to view them.

Finally, the Astronomical Society of South Australia will stream the eclipse through its network of imaging telescopes throughout Australia.

Sufficed to say, you have plenty of options to watch, so be on the lookout this Friday!

NASA Delays Next Moon Landing to 2025 Amid Blue Origin Litigation

In slightly more somber moon-related news, the next trip taking astronauts to the moon has been delayed. NASA says this is a result of the Blue Origin litigations with Jeff Bezos.

After NASA awarded Elon Musk and SpaceX multiple lunar lander contracts, Amazon and Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos filed a lawsuit, saying Blue Origin was due the contracts. Though Blue Origin’s lawsuit fell through, the damage was apparently already done. The litigations cost NASA seven months of contractual work with SpaceX and Musk.

NASA administrator Bill Nelson spoke at a conference, which Politico covered, discussing the delay. “We’ve lost nearly seven months in litigation, and that likely has pushed the first human landing likely to no earlier than 2025.” Additionally, the Orion crew capsule and the Human Landing System require some “serious changes,” Nelson reported.

This makes the race with China to make a more permanent moon presence even more heated.

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