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‘Super Flower Blood Moon’, the only total lunar eclipse of the year, will be visible next week
This time, the lunar eclipse will be called a Blood Moon
‘Super Flower Blood Moon’, the only total lunar eclipse of the year, will be visible on May 26 and also on 25th and 27th in different parts of the world.
The last supermoon phenomenon which lit up skies in a share of bright pink was visible on April 27.
A supermoon was seen in May 2020 as well. The particular phenomenon was called 'Super Flower Moon' because it was the time of the year when flowers grow in abundance in the Northern Hemisphere. According to NASA, the Super Flower Moon is also termed as 'Corn Planting Moon', 'Milk Moon', the Vesak Festival, and also a supermoon.
This time, the lunar eclipse will be called a Blood Moon, one that occurs when the moon is in a total lunar eclipse when the earth is positioned between the sun and the moon.
NASA said in a statement that the May 26 lunar eclipse will pass through Earth's shadow, causing it to darken and become reddish in colour.
“May 26 brings a total lunar eclipse. Over several hours, the Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow, causing it to darken and usually become reddish in colour. The red colour comes from sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere – a ring of light created by all the sunrises and sunsets happening around our planet at that time,” NASA explained.
“Because of the reddish colour, a lunar eclipse is often called a “blood moon.” 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.)” the statement adds.
The eclipse will begin at 8:47 AM GMT and will be best viewed from Australia, New Zealand, Eastern Asia, and western parts of the Americas.