When Is The Next ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Blood Moon’ And Solar Eclipse? They’re Closer Than You Think

There’s something about the sight of the Moon as a different color—and even more so the sight of its eclipsing the Sun—that really gets the human imagination going. And yet this coming week’s “Blue Moon” won’t actually be blue.

A term to describe the third full Moon in a season containing four, the full “Blue Sturgeon Moon” on Sunday, August 22, 2021 will be little different, visually speaking, from any other.

Despite that, if you get your timing right then the sight of a dramatic moonrise is hard to beat. So what does beat it? Why, a “Blood Moon” and—much more so—a total solar eclipse, of course!

With a “Blue Moon” imminent and 2021’s second eclipse season only a few months away, here’s a reminder of when the Moon will be doing something special in the remainder of the year:

1. A full ‘Blue Moon’

When: dusk on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22, 2021

Where to look: rising in the east

Although some think that a “Blue Moon” is the second full Moon in the same month, astronomically-speaking it’s actually the third of four full Moons in a single season.

Technically full at 12:02 Universal Time on Sunday, August 22, 2021 yet visible as a near-full orb on two successive evenings, wait until dusk and look to the southeast for the exquisite sight of a rising full “Blue Moon” … just don’t expect it to look blue.

As will all rising full Moons it will turn from a beautiful orange to yellow as it rises into the night sky as it brightens.

2. A ‘Frosty Half-Blood Moon Eclipse’ 

When: dusk on Friday, November 19, 2021

Where to look: rising in the east

2021’s second “eclipse season” will begin with a full “Frosty Moon” on November 19, 2021, which will technically be a partial lunar eclipse. However, it’s terrifically close to being a total lunar eclipse similar to May’s “Super Flower Blood Moon.”

As seen from North and South America, Australia and Asia, 97% of the lunar surface will turn a slight reddish-pinkish color as most of the Moon enters Earth’s shadow in space.

3. A total solar eclipse in Antarctica

When: just after dawn on Saturday, December 4, 2021

Where to look: southeast (only from Antarctica)

Solar eclipses can only occur at New Moon, when the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun—and like clockwork they occur either two weeks either before or after a lunar eclipse.

Nature’s greatest naked-eye sight? If you’ve even experienced (”seen” is too one-dimensional) a total solar eclipse, you’ll be keen to know when the next one is. International travel is difficult this year, for sure, but be sure to follow online as a lucky few get to see, feel and experience “totality” on December 4, 2021.

Most likely to be seen either from a cruise ship on the Wedell Sea—or an airplane in the skies above—this total solar eclipse in Antarctica promises to be very dramatic if there are clear skies.

Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes.

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