Stargazers around the world, rejoice! Human eyes will be able to best watch the mega celestial event in central Chile and Argentina.
Unfortunately for those of us in North America, we won't be experiencing this solar eclipse either, but it will be visible over parts of South America, specifically Chile and Argentina. Sky & Telescope predicts people will see 20% of the sun covered from Beijing, 30% from Tokyo and 37% from Vladivostok, Russia.
NASA says: "Lunar eclipses occur about two to four times per year, when the Moon passes into the Earth's shadow".
"Unfortunately, the almost full moon will block out many of the meteors this year, but the Geminids are so bright and numerous that it could still be a good show", the website says.
But that's not the only thing that will make this eclipse unusual. The Earth will align with the sun and the moon, forcing the sun's light to bend and cast a reddish hue on the moon, hence the name "Blood Moon". Because the side of the moon faces away from Earth, communications can not be direct, and all the messages to and from Chang'e 4 must be done through the Queqiao (Magpie Bridge) satellite which is on the other side of the moon in a "halo orbit". The marvel will likewise be noticeable from South America and parts of western Europe, and the moon will wear its ruby shading for around 60 minutes. "We're really excited to see what those look like, up close". "Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky". This year is expected to put on quite a show.
But first up we have the Super Blood Moon eclipse.
Eta Aquarids will be active between April 19 and May 26, but its peak will begin at 3 a.m. on May 6 and last until dawn.
A total lunar eclipse will be visible on January 21.
According to The Sky website, next month will kick off with the Quantrids meteor shower (Jan. 3-4), followed by a partial solar eclipse January 6.
It will also investigate the Aitken basin, one of the largest craters in the solar system. Unfortunately, the United States will not be witnessing this one, either.
The sun will be totally eclipsed by the moon for 4 minutes and 33 seconds on 2 July, 2019. The last trek took place in 2016, and for the first time in 10 years, the small planet was visible from Earth.