Here’s What to Know About the Lunar Eclipse Happening This Week

The eclipse is happening on Friday, May 5.

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Takuma Higashide/Moment/Getty Images
Takuma Higashide/Moment/Getty Images

Heads up! Quite literally, too. This week, a lunar eclipse is happening to the delight of stargazers and space enthusiasts alike, and you might be able to see it if you place yourself in the right spot (or country, actually).

Americans and South Americans, sadly this doesn’t include any of your lands. Yet, if you’re in the midst of your international spring travel season, you might get lucky and catch a glimpse of the phenomenon. As reports, the eclipse will take place on Friday, May 5, beginning at 11:15 am EDT and peaking at 1:24 pm EDT. Anyone located in Antarctica, Asia, Russia, Oceania, and both Eastern and Central Africa will have a chance to see the eclipse, as it will be visible anywhere on earth where the moon is over the horizon at this point in time.

This week’s eclipse will be a penumbral lunar eclipse, meaning that the moon will dim and darken rather than disappearing completely. As we’ve previously described, what really happens in this eclipse is that the moon passes through the earth’s shadow, which is cast by the sun right behind us. As a result, it sits in our “shade” for a bit, since it doesn’t receive any direct sunlight. To get a little more technical, this kind of eclipse is called penumbral because the moon actually travels through the lighter region of the earth’s shadow, which is dubbed penumbra and is actually an area in which the earth covers most of the sun, but not all of it-which is why the moon only gets dimmer, but doesn’t disappear.

There is a downside to this, though. Because the sunlight doesn’t get completely blocked off by our planet, a penumbral lunar eclipse can be difficult to spot. If you really want to have a good shot at clearly seeing this, you might want to use a good pair of binoculars ( has a handy guide for you right here) or wait for professional photographs to come out!

Alternatively, you can try and prep for next time. The next penumbral lunar eclipse that will be visible from the US is expected to happen in little less than a year from now on March 24, 2024.

For an actual good chance of catching a lunar eclipse, though, you’ll have to wait for the next full lunar eclipse, also known as “blood moon.” In 2023 and 2024, unfortunately, there won’t be any, but the next one is slated for March 14, 2025.

Ready to go stargazing?

Here are all the best stargazing events that you can get out and see this month or you could stay in a stream the northern lights from home. If you’re just getting started, check out our guide to astronomy for beginners or easy stargazing road trips from big US cities.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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