Everything you need to know about the ‘super flower blood moon’ visible Sunday

written by Anna Harris

This Sunday, the Americas have a front-row seat to a spectacular event, one we won’t see again unless you travel to Europe for another 25 years.

On Monday at 12:14 a.m. EDT, or Sunday Central time, the moon will gradually take on a reddish hue over the course of a few minutes. What makes this lunar eclipse so special is that it combines three phenomena into one event.

Lunar eclipse with a blood moon

In a lunar eclipse, the earth’s shadow obscures the moon. In this case, though, the moon will fully enter the shadow. Once in full eclipse, around 12:11 a.m. Monday, the earth will block most of the Sun’s light, but Earth will filter and bend what light does get through in such a way that the moon will take on a brownish-red color. Hence the name “blood moon.”

A ‘super moon’

No, it doesn’t have superpowers, but because of the uneven orbital pattern of the moon, sometimes the moon is closer to the earth than at others. A super moon occurs when the moon passes close on its regular orbit. It just so happens that this eclipse with a is both a blood moon and a super moon.

A flower moon

Not only is it bloody and super, but it’s also a flower to boot! Well, sort of. In this case, a flower moon is what we call a full moon in May because of, you guessed it, all the flowers that bloom this month.

Details to know

So, our super flower blood moon is coming, but what are the details?

The eclipse begins at 10:27 p.m. ET on Sunday.

South America and the eastern half of the U.S. will have the full show, while parts of Africa, western Europe, and other parts of North America will be able to see it at its peak.

How long:
Starting at 10:27 p.m., the eclipse peaks at 12:11 ET on Monday and officially ends at 2:51 a.m.

How can I see it?
Since it’s not a solar eclipse, you don’t need to worry about looking directly at it. The best way to view it is to find an area with as few lights as possible. If you live in the city, you might consider a weekend trip to the country for a clearer view. Binoculars or a telescope can help enhance your view even more! Consider making an outdoor party with friends or family!

Oh no, I missed it! When’s the next one? If you’re hoping to see another super blood moon, you’re out of luck in the U.S. for the next 12 years. But never fear! There will be another full lunar eclipse on November 8, though it won’t have quite so many titles.

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