If you like to see the full moon of each month, the lunar moment of May will excite you even more. Not only is it the Flower Moon of summer, but there is also a full lunar eclipse.
On May 16, the Super Flower Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse is occurring. To be more specific, it’s a superflower blood moon lunar eclipse, and it will peak at 12:11 a.m. ET on May 16. However, you will be able to see a partial eclipse starting at 10:32 p.m. ET on May 15.
Over the course of the eclipse, the moon is likely to look more orange and brown as it turns a full blood-red hue during its peak, and most of the eastern United States will be able to see it.
Those who live in the Midwest or Southwest, or on the West Coast, will be able to watch most or part of the event. You can refer to the NASA display map for more details.
But how did this event get such a big name and why is it special?
Well, first of all, there’s that lunar eclipse. During this time, the sun, earth, and moon align perfectly, and the moon passes through the shadow of the earth. The moon will have a reddish glow during the peak of the eclipse, making it a blood moon lunar eclipse.
As for the “flower” part, each full moon has a traditional name that is usually derived from Native American lore (such as Wolf and Worm Moons).
May’s is the Flower Moon, as this is when the flowers finally begin to appear. A “super” moon is slightly brighter and larger in the sky because it is closest to Earth.
So, gather the kids, grab a blanket, pick a good spot to watch, and get ready to watch.