If you’re a lover of astronomy, you’re probably counting down the hours today and getting ready for a viewing of the super flower blood moon eclipse.
However, for a lot of us who haven’t had the time (or the neck strength) to go moon gazing, you may be wondering what exactly the super flower blood moon is, and why it’s got people buzzing with excitement.
Well, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about the super flower blood moon eclipse.
Everything About the ‘Super Flower Blood Moon’ Eclipse That You Can See This Evening (26 May)
The super flower blood moon eclipse is the first of its kind since 2019. In 2019, the total eclipse was known as the “super blood wolf moon”.
Personal observation: the names of these eclipses sound a lot like direct translations from four-character Chinese idioms.
This year’s total lunar eclipse will be happening between 4.47pm and 9.49pm. However, you’ll only be able to catch a glimpse of it from 7.04pm onwards.
What happens during a total lunar eclipse, you may ask? According to ST, the Earth appears in front of the Sun and aligns precisely with the Moon.
Hence, the Earth prevents the Moon from receiving direct sunlight.
As a result, the Moon takes on a coppery red appearance, hence the term “blood moon”.
Although a blood moon sounds very much noticeable in the sky, its brightness depends on external conditions such as the level of dust and clouds in its surroundings.
According to Mr Jyh Harng, a science educator at Science Centre Singapore, the Moon will enter into a phase of total eclipse from 7.11pm until 7.25pm. This is the period of time during which the blood moon can be spotted.
However, he made it clear that the Moon will not be as bright as expected and may not even be visible to the naked eye. He said that the visibility of the Moon depends on certain factors such as “weather and air conditions”.
So if you’re unable to catch the blood moon tonight, don’t be too disappointed!
Now, why the name “super flower blood moon”? This is because the phenomenon of the blood moon coincides with the phase of the supermoon.
The supermoon is the largest full moon in the year, and the full moon is also termed a “flower moon”.
In case you’re wondering how best to maximise your chances of getting a glimpse at this spectacular phenomenon, Mr Harng advises a good view of the eastern horizon, free from any obstructions.
He also added that an elevated vantage point would be the best. In addition, a pair of binoculars or a telescope will definitely come in handy.
The Science Centre Observatory is not open to members of the public, but if weather permits, they will be livestreaming the eclipse on its Facebook page, so be sure to check it out this evening!
Since regulations only permit social gatherings of two individuals, perhaps now would be a good time to take your significant other for a romantic viewing of the rise of the moon.
Or it could also be a great opportunity to confess to your long-time crush—did you know that the phrase “The moon is beautiful, isn’t it?” in Japanese actually means “I love you?”
Just remember to be socially responsible and adhere to all safe distancing regulations while you’re at it!
Featured Image: Tang Yan Song / Shutterstock.com
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