This is a great explanation of what’s happening from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, one of my favorite places to hike with lots of mountain lion and coyote sightings.
Tomorrow, May 26th, 2021 the Earth, Moon, and Sun will be in such a configuration that the Moon will be completely covered by the darkest part of Earth’s shadow.
This is known as a total lunar eclipse. But what do all the adjectives mean?
The term ‘super’ comes from the Moon appearing larger due to its position and the phase it is in. The Moon will be at a point in its orbit that corresponds with its closest approach to Earth, known as perigee. The Moon must also be a full moon. These factors together mean the Moon looks bigger to us, and thus super.
The term ‘flower’ signifies that this eclipse is happening in the springtime in the northern hemisphere.
We use the term ‘blood’ because the Moon will appear red. Not all sunlight is blocked from reaching the Moon. The light that does make it to the Moon passes through the Earth’s atmosphere, which scatters blue light and leaves red light, casting a red shadow on the Moon. In my SoCal area, the eclipse will reach totality at 4:11 a.m. and lasts roughly 14 minutes.
If you’re located elsewhere and interested in if you will be able to see the eclipse, check out this link: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2021-may-26
Will YOU be getting out of bed to check it out? (I will, I’ve set my alarm to 4:00 a.m.)