Asia and the Americas Look to the Skies for “Super Flower Blood Moon”

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Asia and the Americas Look to the Skies for “Super Flower Blood Moon”


Astronomers in the Asia-Pacific and the Americas will have a rare chance on Wednesday to observe a “Super Flower Blood Moon” – a huge red-orange moon – that astronomers say will be a once-in-a-lifetime sight.
The super moon is the result of the first total lunar eclipse in over two years that takes place at the same time that the moon is closest to Earth.

The eclipse is expected to begin at 8.47 a.m. GMT, and the moon is expected to be fully in Earth’s shadow between 11:11 and 11:26 a.m. GMT – evening in the Asia-Pacific region and before dawn in the Americas.

The moon will darken and turn red – the result of sunlight refraction through Earth’s atmosphere. Experts say the color changes with each eclipse, and the more dust or clouds there is in Earth’s atmosphere, the redder the moon will appear.

Unlike a solar eclipse, the phenomenon will be safely visible to the naked eye.

During a Super Moon, the Moon is closest to Earth, at a distance of only 360,000 kilometers (225,000 miles).

At this point, it may appear 30% brighter and 14% larger than at its furthest point – a difference of about 50,000 km (30,000 miles).

The May Full Moon is known as the Flower Moon because it occurs when the spring flowers are in bloom.

“Interest has been high,” Andrew Jacobs, curator of astronomy at the Sydney Observatory, told AFP news agency.

Jacobs is hosting a COVID-19 secure viewing event with telescopes and expert speakers. “I expect a clear night.” The event will also be broadcast live and 20,000 users have already registered.

For those wishing to see the event in person, Jacobs predicted the best view would be “Australia, New Zealand and much of the Pacific.” New Guinea also has good eyesight. “

“The Americas see it early in the morning, but they don’t necessarily see all parts of the eclipse,” he said.

According to NASA’s Bill Cooke: “The people of Hawaii and the Aleutian Islands will be able to see the entirety of this eclipse – it will be quite a sight for them.”

The next Super Blood Moon is slated to take place in 2033.



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