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The stages of the May 26, 2021 total lunar eclipse in Universal Time, or GMTCourtesy of NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

A super flower blood moon is coming – here’s what it means

The three-in-one celestial event will be the first total lunar eclipse to coincide with a supermoon in almost six years

As May draws to a close, a rare three-in-one celestial event is due to take place in the night sky. Not only will tomorrow mark the annual flower moon – named after the time of year when spring flowers bloom in abundance – but it will also be the closest the moon will come to the Earth this year, in an event that’s referred to as a supermoon. Rounding off proceedings is a total lunar eclipse – the first this year, and the first to coincide with a supermoon in almost six years.

According to NASA, tomorrow’s (May 26) supermoon will take on a reddish colour. This typically happens during a total lunar eclipse when the moon passes through the Earth’s dark shadow. The moon will gradually darken, taking on a blood-red sheen, in an event commonly called a blood moon.

An eclipse can last anywhere from a few seconds to up to 100 minutes. This upcoming eclipse is expected to last for about 14 minutes and 30 seconds.

According to astrology, full moons are seen as the energetic high point of the lunar cycle, meaning they can cause heightened tensions within relationships and an intense surge of emotions. The flower moon B2B with an eclipse also signifies change, so prepare yourself for new beginnings and opportunities.

Full moons have a tendency to draw out drama. Given that this lunation takes place in Sagittarius, be aware of over-the-top emotions and indulgent behaviours. 

May’s total lunar eclipse will be most visible from the Pacific Ocean and surrounding areas. The centerpoint of the eclipse is said to be very close to Niue – a tiny coral atoll in the South Pacific, population 1,500.

The eclipse is set to begin at 1.46am (PDT), with the moon entering the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow at 2.45a. To catch totality – the period when all of the Moon’s surface is blanketed by the Earth’s dark shadow – look up between 4.11 and 4.26 am.

Sadly, the blood moon won’t be visible in the UK, but you can livestream from Time and Date. Those based in the UK will still be able to see the super flower moon, however. The moon will hit peak fullness in the UK on May 26 at exactly 12.14pm, but the best time to view it is during moonrise and moonset.

In London, this will take place just before 5am in west-southwestern part of the sky, and again at 9.30pm in the southeastern part of the sky.