Super blood moon: Giant full moon turns red over
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The Full Moon of May will be visible this week. May’s Full Moon is known as the Flower Moon and it will be the fifth time our lunar satellite has reached peak luminosity this year.
May’s full Moon has several names, all of which connect it to the fact it signifies spring.
These names are “flower moon”, “corn planting moon” or “milk moon” although the first is the most common.
NASA said on its website: “Going by the seasons, as the second full Moon of spring, the Native American tribes of the northeastern United States called this the Flower Moon, as flowers are abundant this time of year in most of these areas.”
According to the Old Farmers’ Almanac, Native American tribes endowed each full Moon with a name which represents the season or time of the year.
When is the Flower Moon?
This year, the Flower Moon will peak on May 26.
According to Time & Date, the Flower Moon will reach its peak at 12.13pm BST on Wednesday.
However, it will appear full to the naked eye for a couple of days on either side of May 26.
What makes this Full Moon even more special is that it is classed as a Supermoon, meaning it will appear slightly bigger than usual.
On average, the Moon is 238,000 miles from Earth, but during a Supermoon the can be 221,000 miles away from our planet.
This is because the Moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle and is actually slightly oval.
For some parts of the world, there will even be a lunar eclipse on May 26.
However, for those of us in the UK who hope to view it in person, we are out of luck.
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While the lunar eclipse will be visible from five continents, Europe is not one of them.
Antarctica, Australia, Asia, North and South America will see the eclipse, with the USA in the best position to get optimum viewing.
Not only will it be a lunar eclipse, but there will also be a Blood Moon.
Blood Moons are the result of a total lunar eclipse during a Full Moon.
When the Moon begins to emerge from the Earth’s shadow, this is when the Blood Moon will occur.
The change in colour happens because the light from the Sun is being bent when it passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.
This bizarre effect is known as ‘Rayleigh scattering’, which filters out bands of green and violet light in the atmosphere during an eclipse leaving just a red glow.
However, the Blood Moon will only be visible to those continents which will see the lunar eclipse.
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