During the weekend, the sun did indeed wake up.
Saturday saw a sequence of solar flares from our kind star not seen in years.
As SpaceWeather.com reports, multiple overlapping Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) – powerful entanglements of electromagnetic energy – caused solar flares that spat plasma and charged particles into space.
This “space weather” is heading straight for Earth during a total lunar eclipse.
Here is exactly when you can see it.
Modeling from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suggests that some of these combined CMEs will hit Earth’s magnetic field in late May 25 and early May 26, 2021.
So CMEs could hit Earth’s magnetic field just as a total lunar eclipse – also called a “Blood Moon” – will see the “Flower Super Moon” turn red for about 15 minutes.
This full phase will be visible around the Pacific coast and in the western United States. It begins at 6:11 a.m. CDT, 5:11 a.m. MDT, and 4:11 a.m. PDT. early Wednesday May 26, 2021.
Incoming CMS could trigger G2 class geomagnetic storms, which can cause many hours of vibrant aurora around the Arctic Circle in places like Alaska, the far north of Canada, Iceland, northern Scandinavia and northern Russia.
However, the NOAA map also suggests that the Northern Lights could be strong enough to be seen in areas of the northern United States near the Canadian border.
The areas of northern Washington, Idaho and Montana and the US states are well placed to see both the full phase of the eclipse’s “red moon” and the Northern Lights. Areas of northern North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin will not see the full phase of the lunar eclipse, but could still see dawn from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning.
A sequence of a “Blood Moon and the Northern Lights” was captured in 2018 by photographer William Briscoe in Alaska:
A total lunar eclipse occurs when a full moon passes through Earth’s shadow in space. On May 26, 2021, it will only last 14 minutes and 30 seconds, not far from the minimum possible. Indeed, instead of crossing the center of the Earth’s shadow, it will cross its northern part, only 34 km from its outer edge.
So, the northern member of the Moon should be quite bright throughout, but if you look from a dark place, the night sky will become particularly dark. This is because the heaviest light polluter in the sky – a full moon – will be briefly disabled.
Thus, for 14 minutes and 30 seconds, no significant sunlight will flood the night sky. If you are lucky, it might be possible to see the Northern Lights, but also the Milky Way as the Moon will be positioned through the constellation Scorpio, which is in the arc of our home galaxy. .
I wish you clear skies and wide eyes