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When You Can Catch the Total Lunar Eclipse in May

A woman looking at a lunar eclipse through a telescope.
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April had both the pink supermoon and the Lyrid meteor shower, but May is bringing us a total lunar eclipse.

The lunar event will occur May 26, and while the fully eclipsed moon will only be visible over parts of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll be able to catch a partial view if you live in Western North America.

For those in the Western United States, your best chance to catch the full moon will be between 4:11 and 4:26 a.m. PDT. This is when the eclipse will reach totality, meaning the moon will be completely obscured. You can check out the map on Space.com to see if you’re in the viewing area.

If staying up until 4 a.m. doesn’t work with your schedule, you’ll be able to see some of the eclipse beginning at 1:46 a.m. PDT. The next lunar eclipse won’t occur until 2024, so it’s worth staying up into the wee hours.

Are your kids interested in space? If so, these six historic events are sure to send them on a research quest.

[Via Martha Stewart]

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