On May 26 (yesterday for those who’ve lost track of the days like me), the most impressive full moon of 2021 graced the night sky in all its glory. Due to a lunar eclipse, the date not only marks a super moon, but also a blood moon. A blood moon happens during a total lunar eclipse, when the Earth is directly between the moon and the sun, blocking the moon from sunlight, according to NASA. It gets its name from the red glow it emits.
The impact, according to NASA, would be a “ring of light” around the moon—which is set to look and feel magical. “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),” NASA said. The month of May brings not only a lunar eclipse, but also the greatest super moon of the year. A super moon happens when the moon appears bigger in the night sky than normal since it is at perigee, its nearest point to Earth in its orbit.
The full super moon in May is known as the “Flower Moon,” and it is the second of three super moons that will occur this year. The abundance of flowers associated with spring in the Northern Hemisphere inspired the name of this super moon. According to NASA, the cosmic anomaly would be apparent anywhere on the planet’s night sky on Wednesday, May 26. Sky watchers around the world should’ve been able to see the spectacle if the weather was clear.
According to NASA, the eclipse was supposed to last approximately 14 minutes, but the entire event lasted around five hours, from 08:47:39 UTC to 13:49:41 UTC. It reached its highest peak at 11:19:52 UTC. While solar eclipses can never be seen with the naked eye, lunar eclipses are perfectly safe to observe.
If you missed the event, the Griffith Observatory recorded the entire lunar eclipse from Los Angeles for you viewing pleasure below. In related news, SpaceX is supposed to send civilians into space this year.
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