The Super Flower Blood Moon
Occurred on May 15 at 6:32 p.m. and reached lunar eclipse totality at 8:29 p.m., creating the “longest total eclipse in 33 years.”
During The May 15-16 Eclipse
Observers witnessed the blood moon, in which the moon appeared to be darkened with a reddish hue.
According to UCI Physics
“it gets red color because the only sunlight reaching [the moon] filters through Earth’s atmosphere … Earth’s atmosphere scatters blue light, allowing only the red light to pass all the way through to the moon.”
A Blood Moon Is Different From A
Supermoon in that each term describes a different aspect of the moon, meaning that the two phenomena can occur simultaneously.
Blood Moon Refers To The Appearance
Of red color during a total lunar eclipse, while a supermoon refers to the distance the moon maintains from Earth.
The Farmer’s Almanac
Declared the Super Flower Blood Moon as the first of four total predicted supermoons in 2022.