Super Flower Moon rises in a clear sky above the Sydney Opera House –

Super Flower Moon rises in a clear sky above the Sydney Opera House – fr

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The biggest full moon of the year, known as the Super Flower Moon, rose in a clear evening sky above the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday to the delight of amateur photographers positioned right in front of the water to capture the moment.

The moon was at the closest point to Earth in its orbit, making it appear about 7% larger and 15% brighter than normal.

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

This Super Flower Moon will also feature the first total lunar eclipse in over two years, during which the moon will pass through Earth’s shadow. It will appear in red, which is called a blood moon, because the light is scattered throughout the Earth’s atmosphere, much like during a sunset.

The eclipse will be seen in Sydney when the moon is much higher in the sky.

The eclipse was scheduled to take place early in the morning over western North America, with the people of Alaska and Hawaii getting ready to get the best views. It will also be visible in southern Chile and Argentina.

Astronomers across Australia, New Zealand and parts of Southeast Asia will be able to see the eclipse on Wednesday evening.

(Map of the eclipse path)

(Reporting by Loren Elliott, writing by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Janet Lawrence)


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