This weekend, we’ve got an impressive solar event happening. It’s called the Super Flower Blood Moon, and we’ll all be able to watch it here in the Queen City!
Sooo what the heck is a Super Flower Blood Moon? Well, according to WCNC, a regular Blood Moon is the same thing as a lunar eclipse. When this happens, the Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, giving it a reddish hue.
A super moon is essentially a moon that will look much bigger and brighter to us on Earth. This happens when the moon is at its closest point to Earth during its cycle.
Now, when I first saw this, I thought that “Flower” is a strange word to be in the name of a space event. But don’t look too far into it, like I tried to do. “Flower” comes from the fact that the May new moon is nicknamed Flower, simply because of springtime and May flowers.
This Super Flower Blood Moon will be one of a kind, and we’ll all be lucky enough to see it with our own eyes! Unless of course, it becomes too cloudy to see anything, which does sometimes happen.
For the Eastern U.S., the moon will be visible starting just after 10:30 pm on Sunday, May 15th.
According to NASA, “the visible part of the eclipse begins about 10:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, with totality starting an hour later and lasting for about an hour and a half. Those in the Eastern U.S. will see the eclipse start with the Moon well above the horizon.” Seeing the Super Flower Blood Moon in totality starts at about 11:30 pm.
If cloud coverage gets too bad or if you want to watch this event after it happens, watch NASA’s live stream here.
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