This week, night sky watchers and everyday folk alike have a rare chance to observe what has been called a “Super Flower Blood Moon.”

What is so special?

The so-called “Super Flower Blood Moon” comprises many astronomical events occurring at the same time. According to NPR, there will be a combination of the entire lunar eclipse, which will be apparent in many parts of the world, including the western United States, with the supermoon, which will be visible all over the world.

The highlight of this celestial phenomenon is the fact that a supermoon and a complete lunar eclipse would both be visible at the same time. There have only been nine total lunar eclipses in the last ten years.

Supermoons are more frequent, occurring many times a year on average.

Early risers in the United States can capture a stunning view of the moon before sunrise on Wednesday morning, May 26, but what you will see depends mostly on where you live.

‘Super Flower Blood Moon?’

Super?

The moon’s orbit around the Earth is an oval rather than a perfect circle. A supermoon, or perigee-syzygy, occurs when a full moon approaches the point on its elliptical orbit nearest to our planet and appears more prominent than usual in the sky.

Flower?

Full moons in May are often referred to as flower moons. The name is a reference to the flowers that bloom in May, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and traces to Native American, Colonial American, and European sources.

Blood?

The moon will also appear blood red on Wednesday morning as it aligns with the sun and Earth and passes entirely into Earth’s shadow or umbra and will be the first complete lunar eclipse since 2019.

According to NASA, the moon’s red hue is produced by red-orange light refracted by Earth’s atmosphere, and it can appear even redder if Earth’s atmosphere contains more clouds or dust.

How to see it?

Fortunately, as long as the sky is clear where people are, everyone could see the supermoon, according to NASA.

If you want to see the complete lunar eclipse when the moon turns a blood-red color, it’s another story.

The total lunar eclipse will begin about 7:11 a.m. ET (or 5:11 a.m. Mountain time and 4:11 a.m. on the West Coast) for stargazers in the western United States and Canada, as well as much of Central America and parts of South America.

This map shows the visibility of the total lunar eclipse in the contiguous United States at 7:11 a.m. Eastern Time this Wednesday, May 26. The total lunar eclipse will be visible everywhere in the Pacific and Mountain time zones, along with Texas, Oklahoma, western Kansas, Hawaii and Alaska. (NASA)

It will take about 15 minutes for the complete lunar eclipse to occur.

Those on the East Coast will miss the full blood moon, but a partial lunar eclipse will begin about 5:45 a.m. ET. It won’t be visible in New England.

Take a look at this NASA animation to find out when the eclipse will be visible in your area:

“You only need your eyes to see the drama unfold, but if you have binoculars or a backyard telescope, they’ll give a much-enhanced view,” said Diana Hannikainen, observing editor at Sky & Telescope.

If you can’t see the complete Super Flower Blood Moon in person where you are, many live streams hosted by observatories and astronomers around the world will be an option.

Those who skip Wednesday’s eclipse shouldn’t worry, Hannikainen said, because another one will be visible the night of Nov. 18 to 19.

“Technically, the November event will be partial, but only the thinnest sliver of the Moon’s disk will remain outside the umbra, so for all intents and purposes it’ll be very much like a total eclipse,” she said in a statement.

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