Although it hasn’t happened since January 20, 2019, the wait is over two years and will finally bring a brief total lunar Eclipse to North America, the Pacific Rim and North America.
It’s also known colloquially by the name “Blood Moon”, despite the fact that an eclipsed Moon appears a reddish-copper color. This is an event you should not miss if your luck is right.
To help you enjoy this rare event, here are seven facts about the “Super Flower Blood Moon Eclipse” next week.
1. It is also the closest full Moon to 2021, a’supermoon.
It’s time to have a Super Flower Blood Moon Eclipse!
The May 26th, 2021 full Moon will be the largest of the year. This is because our satellite is in its slightly elliptical orbit at the closest point to Earth. This is perigee. The Moon will be closest to Earth in its slightly elliptical monthly orbit a few hours before it eclipses.
The Moon will appear approximately 8% larger to the untrained eye than an average-sized full Moon.
What is the “Flower Moon” portion? This is the traditional May full moon name.
2. It will bring about dramatic changes on Earth.
Although the eclipse is only a visual event, the “supermoon”, Moon’s position will cause a very high and very small perigean Spring tide (a.k.a. A “king tide” is a flood threat to coastal areas.
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3. The best views will be from the Pacific Rim
This map shows that the entire eclipse will only be visible to those who are around the Pacific Rim. It stretches from the West Coast of the U.S.A. to the South Pacific and New Zealand to Australia, Eastern Asia, and the South Pacific.
The event will occur in the U.S., particularly in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and will be visible very close to moonset in western skies during the early hours. In East Asia, including Hong Kong and Singapore, the full Moon will be seen just after the moonrises in the east.
The “Blood Moon”, which is located in Hawaii, will be visible high up in the darkest sky of the night.
4. The totality of the universe will be brief and bright
A total lunar eclipse is when the full Moon passes through Earth’s shadow of 870,000 miles (1.4 million km) in space. This happens only occasionally and can last anywhere from 105 minutes (like 2018) to five minutes (like 2015).
It will travel for 14 minutes and 30 second on May 26, 2021, instead of traversing the center of Earth’s shadow. Instead, it will travel through its northern portion, which is just 21 miles (34km) from its outer edge.
Therefore, the northern limb of the Moon is expected to shine brightly during totality.
5. The red moon will be very close to the red supergiant star
The Moon will be visible in Scorpius constellation, 5deg away from Antares massive star.
Antares, which is the 15th brightest star in night sky, is unmistakably reddish when seen with naked eye. It is approximately 700 light-years from the Sun and 600 light-years distant.
6. The Milky Way could appear in totality
Try to locate the Milky Way by going outside on a full Moon. Even if the sky is clear and dark, it’s difficult to find the Milky Way. The sky’s largest light-polluter will be switched off during a total lunar eclipse. For 14 minutes and 30 seconds, no significant sunlight will flood night sky. The summer Milky way may still appear.
It is a stunning sight that can be seen during total lunar eclipses.
This particular event will double that because the Moon will be located across the constellation Scorpius, which is the home of the arc of the galaxy. While you don’t have to look up at the dark sky in order to see the “Blood Moon”, it is a good idea to do so.
7. The best views will be found in the South Pacific’s ‘Dark Sky Country’.
Although the eclipse can be seen anywhere in the Pacific Ocean, the centerpoint of the eclipse is located very close to Niue, a coral atoll in South Pacific with 1,500 inhabitants.
An isolated island located in the middle of a triangle made up of Tonga Samoa, Cook Islands, and Samoa. It is 2,400km northeastern of New Zealand. The eastern side of the international dateline marks the eastern end of the International Dark Sky Community status .