Enthusiastic sky watchers had dubbed the eclipse the flower blood super moon because it simultaneously combined three lunar phenomena: a super moon, a total lunar eclipse, and a blood moon. As a supermoon, the moon appears up to 14% larger and 30% brighter in the sky, because the natural satellite’s orbit brings it closest to Earth, compared to when the moon is furthest away. of the earth. The moon will also pass entirely in Earth’s shadow – an eclipse – and because of the light filtered through Earth’s atmosphere during this event, it will take on a reddish hue – a blood moon.
The moon was completely shaded by Earth for almost 15 minutes.
In folklore, the full moon of May is known as the flower moon because it occurs in the form of spring flowers in the northern hemisphere. The Farmer’s Almanac popularized the term, attributing it to the Algonquin people of North America. The almanac notes that other Native American crops have traditional names for the May full moon, including the budding moon, the laying moon, and the frog moon.
Lunar eclipses occur naturally as the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, blocking sunlight that normally illuminates the moon’s grayish-white cratered surface.
The next total lunar eclipse will occur on May 16, 2022, when once again a distinct blood moon will shine in the night sky.
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