‘Super Flower Blood Moon’ to Light Up the Sky: How to Watch Tonight’s Celestial Event
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On Wednesday, May’s full moon — known as the Flower Moon — will be a sight to see as it becomes the only total lunar eclipse of 2021, as well as the year’s biggest “supermoon,” according to Space.com.
Like with all lunar eclipses, Earth’s shadow will block the sun’s light and reflect off the moon, causing it to appear red and earn its name “blood moon,” the outlet reported.
But this year, the moon will also reach perigee, which is its closest point to Earth in orbit, according to Space.com. While in perigee, the moon will appear slightly larger than an average full moon, ultimately making it a “supermoon.”
Now coined the “Super Flower Blood Moon,” it is expected to light up the skies Wednesday with its red hue, which will be visible to much of the world, per Space.com.
The outlet’s scientists say the Penumbral eclipse is expected to begin at 3:47 a.m., with a partial eclipse at 4:44 a.m. A full eclipse will occur at 6:11 a.m., with its peak happening around 6:18 a.m., and is expected to end at 7:25 a.m.
The eclipse will be visible to the unaided eye and does not require eye protection or a telescope.