THE STARS THIS WEEK
Late in the evening on Sunday and early Monday morning there will occur a total eclipse of the moon over South Florida. The full moon during totality phase will shine directly overhead when viewed from Miami.
The partial phase of the eclipse will start at 10:33 p.m., with the lower left corner of the moon beginning to darken, Totality starts at 11:41 p.m, with the moon completely changed to a coppery, red shade. Totality ends at 12:43 a.m. The eclipse ends at 1:50 a.m.
Plan on viewing from a lawn chair, or a blanket on the ground. Unlike solar eclipses, you don’t need safety filters or any special equipment to watch the eclipse. Notice how many more stars are visible during totality.
During mid evening, the moon slips above the bright blue-white star, Regulus, the brightest member of Leo the Lion.
Blazing blue white Venus, and dimmer but bright yellow Jupiter, huddle together in the southeast before dawn. Telescopes will reveal the phase shape of Venus and Jupiter’s four largest moons.
The moon passes to the north of bright blue Spica early Saturday morning. This star is the most brilliant object in Virgo.
View Looking South Turn chart to the direction you are viewing.