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Skywatch: Find the 'Blood Moon' this week

We'll see a total lunar eclipse on Sunday night.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — There’s a lot going on in the night sky this week so enjoy it when we get some clearing. We’ll welcome the full moon on Monday morning at 12:14 a.m. 

This month’s full moon is known as the Full Flower Moon because of all the flowers that are coming back to life this time of year. It’s also called the Full Planting Moon.

You can also call it a Full Blood Moon because we’ll be treated to a total lunar eclipse on Sunday night and early Monday. The full eclipse begins at 11:29:03 p.m. and reaches its maximum at 12:11:28 a.m. 

]The total eclipse will then end at 12:53:55 a.m. It will be visible from Columbus so if you’ve never seen one it’s worth staying up late.

Mars and Neptune have a date on Tuesday morning. The two will pass very close to each other. You’ll need a telescope to see Neptune but Mars is visible to the naked eye. 

Venus, Jupiter and Saturn won’t be far off, look in the east to the southeast in the morning to see the show.

Mercury will reach a milestone on Saturday afternoon when it reaches inferior solar conjunction. Simply put if you looked at the solar system from above Earth, Mercury and the sun would line up in that order. 

As a result, you won’t be able to see this event. You’ll be able to find Mercury soon, though. It’s transitioning to the morning sky in the coming weeks. 

Happy hunting!

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