How to watch this weekend’s Super Flower Blood Moon

AMBOY, CA – JANUARY 31: A so-called ‘super blue blood moon’ is seen in total eclipse over the Mojave Desert on January 31, 2018 near Amboy, California. The ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ is a rare ‘lunar trifecta’ event in which the Moon is closest to Earth, appearing slightly larger and about 14% brighter than usual, and is simultaneously a ‘blue moon’ , the second full moon in the same month, and a total lunar eclipse or ‘blood moon’. Such a lunar event that has not been seen since 1866. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

This weekend we have an awesome solar event happening. It’s called the Super Flower Blood Moon, and we can all watch it here in the Queen City!

So what is a Super Flower Blood Moon? Well, according to WCNC, a regular blood moon is the same as a lunar eclipse. When this happens, Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, giving it a reddish hue.

A supermoon is essentially a moon that will seem much bigger and brighter to us on Earth. This occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth during its cycle.

Now, when I first saw this, I thought “Flower” is a weird word to be in the name of a space event. But don’t look too far, as I tried to do. “Flower” comes from the fact that the May new moon is nicknamed Flower, simply because of spring and May flowers.

This Super Flower Blood Moon will be one of a kind, and we will all get to see it with our own eyes! Unless of course it gets too cloudy to see anything, which sometimes happens.

For the eastern United States, the moon will be visible from 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.
According to Nasa“The visible portion of the eclipse begins around 10:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, with totality beginning an hour later and lasting about an hour and a half. Those in the eastern United States will see the eclipse begin with the Moon well above above the horizon Seeing the Super Flower Blood Moon in its entirety begins around 11:30 p.m.

If the cloud cover gets too bad or you want to watch this event after it happens, watch the NASA live stream here.

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