Vancouver Island will see its first total lunar eclipse since 2019 next week!
The “Super Blood Flower Moon”, which will be the biggest and brightest moon of 2021, will be visible across North America on May 26th, but the experience will be best viewed by those in western Canada.
A “Blood Moon” is a total lunar eclipse, occurring when the sun, earth, and moon are perfectly aligned with each other, the moon entering earth’s umbral shadow.
To make it even more exciting, this moon is not only a “Blood Moon” but also a “Super Moon”, which means it’s the closest the moon comes to earth in its elliptic orbit.
As a result, the eclipse appears to briefly turn the lunar surface a reddish-copper colour. However, as the eclipse will be brief, lasting approximately 15 minutes, it may not appear as red as expected.
For Vancouver Island residents, the “Super Blood Flower Moon” will be visible during the early morning hours of May 26th from 4:11 a.m. to 4:25 a.m.
The “Super Blood Flower Moon” will be the last “super” total lunar eclipse in over a decade with the next being the “Super Blood Harvest Moon” in October 2033. You won’t want to miss this.
Stay tuned for the “Half Blood” moon this November!
Super Blood Flower Moon
- When: May 26th from 4:11 a.m. to 4:25 a.m
- Where: Any spot where you can view the moon