Keep watching the skies and, er, your television tonight and tomorrow, because there are two events of significance to astronomy buffs. The first is Sunday night’s rare combination of a supermoon and a lunar eclipse. The last time we had a so-called blood super moon (or more accurately, a perigee lunar eclipse) was in 1982; the next one won’t occur until 2033. Hopefully you’ll have clear skies on Sunday evening to enjoy the event. The eclipse begins at 9:07pm EST. The total eclipse will be at 10:47pm.
On Monday morning NASA will be making a “major announcement” about Mars. Speculation is rife about what the press conference will reveal: Life on the red planet? A significant amount of liquid water? NASA’s website boasts that the agency has solved a major Martian mystery. You can tweet questions to NASA using the #AskNASA hashtag.