Central Eastern Australia & New Zealand is treated to a full lunar eclipse with a totality that lasts 14 minutes![tminus t=”2021-05-26 21:18:42″ style=”c-3po”]
When the Eclipse Happens
Lunar eclipses can be visible from everywhere on the night side of the Earth, if the sky is clear. From some places the entire eclipse will be visible, while in other areas the Moon will rise or set during the eclipse.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Sydney*||Visible in Sydney|
|Penumbral Eclipse begins||26 May at 08:47:39||26 May at 6:47:39 pm||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse begins||26 May at 09:44:58||26 May at 7:44:58 pm||Yes|
|Full Eclipse begins||26 May at 11:11:26||26 May at 9:11:26 pm||Yes|
|Maximum Eclipse||26 May at 11:18:42||26 May at 9:18:42 pm||Yes|
|Full Eclipse ends||26 May at 11:25:54||26 May at 9:25:54 pm||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse ends||26 May at 12:52:23||26 May at 10:52:23 pm||Yes|
|Penumbral Eclipse ends||26 May at 13:49:44||26 May at 11:49:44 pm||Yes|
Simulated view looking high in the east as totality starts :
For more details head here.
The Geminid meteor shower is an annual meteor shower that occurs in mid-December. It is called the Geminid meteor shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini in the night sky. The Geminid meteor shower is usually one of the best meteor showers of the year, with up to 120 meteors visible per hour at its peak. The Geminids are caused by debris from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon, which orbits the Sun once every 1.4 years.
The meteors are visible from around December 4th to 17th each year, with the peak of the shower occurring on the night of December 13th and the early morning of December 14th. To see the Geminids, you should go to a location with a clear, dark sky and look up towards the constellation Gemini. The best time to view the meteor shower is from around 10:00 p.m. to dawn.
Ok so this might be a little premature 10 years out from the event, but hey – why not get the hype machine rolling early right? There’s a lot of time to prepare and practice or at the very least, scratch a few days off your future calendar to come join us and the rest of Sydney for a total solar eclipse with a “greatest duration” of totality that passes right over the Bintel store in Glebe! Almost 4 glorious minutes of darkness await during totality. To check the map for your predicted time and proximity to totality check NASA’s website here.