Vanishing Total Lunar Eclipse Alberta Tue night May 25 – Wed morning May 26, 2021

There will be no blood, and likely no copper.

Alberta lies in the gray zone between nothing for Saskatchewan eastward and a delightful copper event for the Okanagan westward. The media is promoting the maximum of what could happen in the Pacific – it does not apply to Alberta – bad timing, that’s all. Yet I can guarantee an uplifting experience: a majestic 90 minute procession of the Moon entering the Earth’s shadow while the dawn chorus of birdsong and the coming of the day boost our spirits most wonderfully! Use binoculars if you have them, no telescope needed.

Here’s the Alberta situation: Totality begins minutes before sunrise, when the sky is alight – it’s why stars disappear – they’re still there, just that the sky is brighter. The following two images have nearly equal settings, but in fact the eclipse one at right has a higher ISO making it twice is twice as bright as it should be in comparison. It’s still faint! The image on the left (about 10 minutes before sunrise last April 26th) has a normal Moon that is so bright relative to the sky it blows out. 
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