On Sunday night, the night sky will be illuminated by a beautiful full moon. Due to a lunar eclipse, this is not only a supermoon but also a blood moon.
On May 26, 2021, there was a complete lunar eclipse. For those lucky enough to have clear skies on May 15, a complete lunar eclipse will be visible to millions of people throughout North and South America, Europe, and Africa if conditions permit.
A complete lunar eclipse, when the Earth lies squarely between the moon and the sun, results in a blood moon. Red wavelengths of sunlight flow across our atmosphere and onto the moon’s surface, giving the moon a tinge of red. Throughout the eclipse, it may also seem to be orange, yellow, or brown at various points.
Light from the Earth’s atmosphere is all that reaches the lunar surface when this occurs. Most of the blue light is absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere. The moon appears red in the sky because leftover light bounces onto its surface with a crimson glow. A supermoon occurs when the moon is at its nearest point to Earth in its path, referred to as the perigee, and looks bigger and brighter than normal.
May’s full moon is known as the “flower moon” because of the large number of blooming flowers in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year. Also known as the milk and corn sowing moons, this is a full moon. With the exception of the totality of the sun, which necessitates the use of protective eyewear, a lunar eclipse may be seen unaided using binoculars or a telescope.
Watch the eclipse
At 10:30 p.m. ET on May 15, the moon will begin its journey into the Earth’s shadow. Around an hour and a half after totality, the moon is completely encased by the shadow of our earth. An eclipse of the moon may be seen without binoculars or a telescope since it is not as dangerous as one of the sun, which needs special eyewear to protect the eyes.
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