A Super Flower Blood Moon eclipse will appear in the sky next week!
On Wednesday, May 26, we will have that outstanding opportunity to gaze at the Super Flower Blood Moon. It is said to be the only total lunar eclipse of the year!
Depending on where you are in the world, the stunning cosmic event may be visible on May 25 and May 27 as well, as UNILAD notes.
Previously, on April 7, we were able to witness the Pink supermoon – the biggest and the brightest full moon of the year.
Blood Moons occur when our moon is in a phase of a total lunar eclipse.
This incredibly rare celestial event happens when the Earth is exactly between the moon and the sun. Besides, the moon is called “super” because it is at its closest approach to our planet. That’s why it appears bigger and brighter, except for when it’s eclipsed.
At the time of the eclipse, the moon will be positioned in Earth’s shadow. We will be able to observe only a red glowing ring of light in the night sky. NASA explains:
“May 26 brings a total lunar eclipse. Over several hours, the Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow, causing it to darken and usually become reddish in color. The red color comes from sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere – a ring of light created by all the sunrises and sunsets happening around our planet at that time.
Because of the reddish color, a lunar eclipse is often called a “blood moon.” Just how red it will look is hard to predict, but dust in the atmosphere can have an effect. (And keep in mind there have been a couple of prominent volcanic eruptions recently.)”
As for the “Flower” part in this month’s full moon name, it indicates that the moon occurs during the springtime.
Thankfully, the Super Flower Blood Moon will be staying in our planet’s shadow for “several hours,” so you might have a great chance to see it. Of course, the quality of the view you would have depends on your time zone.
The startling cosmic event will occur at 7:14 a.m. EDT Wednesday. If you are somewhere around the western parts of the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, or Eastern Asia, you would definitely have a mesmerizing view.