Lunar eclipse: Pacific readies for 'Super Blood Moon' celestial show

Henrietta Strickland
May 26, 2021

In many cultures lunar and solar eclipses were seen as harbingers of doom. AWST = Australian Western Standard Time, AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time, NZST = New Zealand Standard Time, HST = Hawaiian Standard Time, AKDT = Alaska Daylight Time, PDT = Pacific Daylight Time, MDT = Mountain Daylight Time, CDT = Central Daylight Time, EDT = Eastern Daylight Time.

Whilst super moons occur a few times a year, there have been just nine total lunar eclipses, making this event even more exciting.

Early risers in the US can catch a spectacular view of the moon Wednesday morning before sunrise, but what you'll be able to see will depend largely on where you live.

The moon is considered "super" due to its proximity to the earth. Supermoons happen when the moon travels closer to Earth's orbit than usual, which makes it look bigger and brighter in the sky-roughly 7% bigger and 15% brighter than your average full moon, to be exact. According to Old Farmers' Almanac, the full moon is called the "Flower Moon" in May because it is the time of flowering throughout North America.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umbra.

Total Lunar Eclipse on May 26, 2021: Where all is it visible?

The 'blood' part is the shade of the moon caused by a mixture of red-orange light that has been refracted through the earth's atmosphere.

Lowell Observatory broadcasts a total lunar eclipse from Flagstaff, Arizona. Observers along the Asian Pacific Rim will see the total eclipse right after the Moon rises in the east. This is what is commonly referred to as a supermoon.

When do you see the supermoon in California?

The entire lunar eclipse (from the point where the shadow of the earth crawls across the moon to the moment the moon leaves) lasts about 5 hours from 4:47 am to 9:49 am eastern daylight saving time on Wednesday (May 26). "The Americas see it in the early morning, but they don't necessarily see all parts of the eclipse", he said. The eclipse will begin Wednesday at 4:46 a.m. ET. The main event will be between 1111-1125 GMT - late evening in Sydney and pre-dawn in Los Angeles - when the moon will be entirely in the Earth's shadow.

Dubbed the "super blood flower moon", British Columbians will have the best chance to view the lunar eclipse in the early morning of May 26, while Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the territories should also be able to catch at least a partial eclipse, depending on the weather conditions. It won't be visible in New England and parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Finally, the "flower" is the name given to the full moon in the month of May. For people along the eastern coast of the USA and Canada, a partial eclipse will be visible between 4:48 a.m. and 5:16 a.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).

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