In case you missed it or you’re a late riser, the Super Flower Blood Moon passed early Wednesday morning.
The large supermoon sat in the dark momentous sky. Slowly, the night sky appeared to eat away at it until, eventually, the moon glowed an orange-red color.
Depending on where you’re located, the lunar eclipse or “blood moon” would have happened at a different time and would have looked different as well.
In Colorado, for example, people got the chance to see a full lunar eclipse early this morning. According to 9 News, it was only about a three-hour time frame in which the eclipse was visible. It started at around 2:45 a.m. and was fully eclipsed by 5:11 a.m.
However, the miraculous part about this natural event is it wasn’t just a lunar eclipse. The blood moon showed its colors for about 15 minutes as the moon was fully eclipsed. If you were expecting a dark red, “blood” color this morning, you may have been a bit disappointed.
As the moon was eclipsed, the only sunlight hitting it came from the Earth’s atmosphere.
“When this happens, the only light that reaches the moon’s surface is from the edges of the Earth’s atmosphere. The air molecules from Earth’s atmosphere scatter out most of the blue light. The remaining light reflects onto the moon’s surface with a red glow, making the moon appear red in the night sky,” NASA explained.
Scientists said it would be hard to predict how red the moon would look. The dust present in the environment helps determine this. There have also been several volcanic eruptions recently that could lead to more dust in the sky as well.
Viewing the Super Flower Blood Moon Now
Although the event passed now, social media was ready to take it all in. You can explore the live reactions of the Super Flower Blood Moon on Twitter, here.
It’s particularly rare to witness a full moon, supermoon, and a total eclipse all happening at the same time. The spectacular and natural sight occurred during the largest full moon of 2021, making it that much more of a spectacle. Super Flower Blood Moon is the traditional name for May’s full moon. This is the first total lunar eclipse with a supermoon in about six years.
The Wall Street Journal also has a collection of photos from places all around the world. Since location plays a huge role in who got to see the Super Flower Blood Moon in its different states, this gallery is a fascinating collection that unifies the entire planet. It was partly visible to anyone living on the planet’s nightside. As for the U.S., people in Hawaii, California, and other Western states got the best view.
If you missed out on this one, there’s always next year. According to WBRZ, the next total lunar eclipse will be visible to people in the U.S. on May 16, 2022.