Skywatchers around the world were treated to the most spectacular full Moon of the year in the early morning hours on Wednesday. May 26 marked not just a Super Moon, but also a lunar eclipse and it is also called the Blood Moon. According to NASA, a Blood Moon occurs during a total lunar eclipse, when the Earth is positioned directly between the moon and the sun. Earth’s atmosphere filters the sunlight, scattering blue light but allowing red light to pass through.
The moon appeared roughly seven percent larger than its normal size as it slipped into Earth’s shadow, though the average onlooker wouldn’t have noticed the microscopic size difference. The May Flower Moon was given its name for the abundance of blooming flowers in the Northern Hemisphere during springtime. The May 26 moon was the second of two Super moons that occur when the Moon moves with 90 percent of pedigree to Earth to happen in 2021. Photographers in all parts of the world captured stunning imagery of the cosmic phenomenon, which was visible to stargazers in Australia, Asia, and a majority of the U.S. and South America.