On May 26, the second of two supermoons in 2021 will assume control throughout the night sky as a “blood moon” because of a comparing lunar eclipse.
As indicated by NASA, a blood moon happens during an total lunar eclipse, where the Earth lines up between the Moon and the Sun and hides the Moon from any sunlight.
“When this happens, the only light that reaches the Moon’s surface is from the edges of the Earth’s atmosphere,” the space office clarifies. “The air molecules from Earth’s atmosphere scatter out most of the blue light. The remaining light reflects onto the Moon’s surface with a red glow, making the Moon appear red in the night sky.”
May’s “Flower Moon,” named for the abundant flowers in the Northern Hemisphere during spring, is likewise a supermoon, which happens when the Moon approaches Earth inside 90% of perigree, making the Moon seem bigger and more brighter than normal.
That, combined with the total lunar eclipse and its subsequent blood moon, breeds the “Super Flower Blood Moon,” which will top for around 14 minutes on May 26, as per NASA.
The rare moon will be at least partially visible anyplace on the “night” side of the planet, which incorporates portions of Asia and Australia just as the majority of the U.S. furthermore, South America. The best survey will be in Hawaii, Alaska and western states, however the eclipse will in any case be apparent on the East coast at dawn.
Lunar eclipses are safe to see with the naked eye, so there’s no need to take any visual precautions beforehand.
The Virtual Telescope Project will likewise have a live feed of the whole event, starting at 3 a.m. PDT on May 26.