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Astronomical events in 2019: Lunar eclipse, blood moon, supermoon visible from NYC

Mercury will make a rare transit across the sun that will be visible from Earth.

A blood moon will happen on Jan. 21

A blood moon will happen on Jan. 21 this year. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Cameron Spencer

New Yorkers won't see a solar eclipse this year, but there will still be a few days when it's worth looking up.

Here are some of the astronomical events expected in 2019 and where they will be visible:

Visible from NYC

Total lunar eclipse/super blood wolf moon: Jan. 20-21

A total lunar eclipse, when the sun, Earth and moon align on the same plane, took place on Jan. 20. It was also called a Blood Moon because the surface appeared red. 

The eclipse, which was visible in North and South America, fell on the same night as a supermoon and the first full moon in January, known as a wolf moon. 

Supermoons: Jan. 21, Feb. 19 and March 21

A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with its closest approach to Earth. As a result, it may appear slightly larger and brighter than usual.

Blue moon: May 18

The moon on May 18 will be the third of four full moons in the season, which is known as a blue moon. There are other definitions of a blue moon, including when the moon actually appears blue because of particles in the atmosphere often caused by volcanic eruptions, but that is not what is projected to happen on May 18.

Mercury solar transit: Nov. 11

This occurs when Mercury passes across the sun and can be seen from Earth as a small black disk. On average, there are 13 transits of Mercury each century, according to NASA. This year, on Nov. 11, it will be visible in the eastern United States, South America, and parts of Central America, Africa and Europe.

Not visible from NYC

Total solar eclipse: July 2

The moon will cover the entire sun on July 2, but it will not be visible in the United States. The path of totality will be visible in parts of Chile and Argentina and over the southern Pacific Ocean. 

Partial lunar eclipse: July 16

The Earth’s shadow will be cast over part of the moon on July 16. This partial eclipse will be visible in most of Europe, Africa and central Asia.

Annular solar eclipse: Dec. 26

The moon will cross between the sun and Earth, but it will be so far from Earth that it won’t completely cover the sun. This eclipse will be visible in parts of Asia.

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