Super Flower Blood Moon Sunday night

Published: May. 11, 2022 at 3:38 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The full moon of May will happen on Sunday night, and it just happens to be a Supermoon! That means it will be slightly larger looking that the typical full moon.

“It’s quite unusual to have all those happening at the same time. For it to be a Supermoon when it’s closest to the earth and it’s a really deep eclipse because it’s actually occurring for almost 90 minutes,” explained Furman University Physics Departments Chair David Moffett.

We’ll also experience a total lunar eclipse. It happens late on Sunday night. The eclipse will start at 10:27 PM, and we’ll see the peak of the total eclipse between 12:11-12:53 AM.

A lunar eclipse takes place when the moon, sun, and earth are all aligned.

“When the earth is in between them it actually blocks the sunlight from reaching the moon and that is the earth casting a shadow on the moon,” said Roper Mountain Science Center Outreach Specialist Jennifer Romatelli.

The term blood moon is used because the color of the moon turns an orangish-red as the earth shadow is cast upon it.

“You want to make sure that there’s a clear view to the east and it of course will be getting higher as it goes into totality. So the later it gets the easier it will be to find the moon,” said Romatelli.