We are about to witness the first rare lunar occurrence of 2021 – the Super Flower Blood Moon.
A total lunar eclipse will occur during a ‘super full moon’ in the early hours of May 26, 2021.
The components of a Blood Moon are not overly rare in themselves, but the combination of the Blood Moon, Super Moon, and Flower Moon on the same night is what will make May 26th an exceedingly special night.
A supermoon is the point of the moon’s orbit when it’s at its closest to Earth – its perigee – when it appears up to 14% larger and about 30% brighter than normal. A calendar year can see up to four supermoons.
A flower moon happens during spring time when the flowers are hitting their peak bloom, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.
A blood moon is another name for a lunar eclipse, which happens when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, making it appear slightly reddish in color.
In Charlotte, however, we will only be witnessing a partial lunar eclipse (so technically we’ll be seeing a Super Flower Partial-Blood Moon). You will have to travel west to see a full lunar eclipse (full Blood Moon).