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Don’t miss the spectacular ‘super flower blood moon’ lunar eclipse coming soon

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  • A cosmic phenomenon is expected to occur May 26 when a supermoon and blood moon occur due to a lunar eclipse.
  • A blood moon occurs when the earth is positioned squarely between the moon and the sun during a total lunar eclipse, according to NASA.
  • A supermoon occurs at the point when the moon is closest to the earth’s orbit, which appears “as larger-than-usual Moon in our night sky.”

A cosmic phenomenon is expected to occur May 26 when a supermoon and blood moon will appear because of a lunar eclipse. 

A blood moon occurs when the earth is positioned squarely between the moon and the sun during a total lunar eclipse, according to NASA.

“When this happens, the only light that reaches the moon’s surface is from the edges of the Earth’s atmosphere,” the space agency said. “The air molecules from Earth’s atmosphere scatter out most of the blue light. The remaining light reflects onto the moon’s surface with a red glow, making the moon appear red in the night sky.”

A supermoon occurs at the point when the moon is closest to the earth’s orbit which appears “as a larger-than-usual Moon in our night sky.” 

The supermoon, known as the “Flower Moon,” will be the second of three this year. 


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NASA said “observers all over the wold will be able view the supermoon “throughout the night if the sky is clear.” But the lunar eclipse will be harder to catch, according to the agency. 

“The total eclipse, or the time when the Moon is in deepest shadow, will last for about 15 minutes. If the Moon is up in your area while this happens, you are in for a treat,” the agency said. 

The total lunar eclipse will be visible in the western continental United States and Canada, all of Mexico, most of Central America and Ecuador, western Peru and southern Chile and Argentina.

“Observers in eastern Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii, will see both the total and the partial eclipse,” according to the agency. 

Those unable to view the phenomenon naturally can see it via NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio


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