Lunar Eclipse With Impossibly Long Name Will Be Seen From Colorado
If Mother Nature cooperates, Colorado will get to enjoy a Full Super Flower Blood Moon on May 15. What's a Full Super Flower Blood Moon?
Contrary to what you might think, Full Super Flower Blood Moon is not one of the 60s bands we play here at the radio station. It didn't play Woodstock, and it wasn't part of the lineup at the Denver Pop Festival in '69. It's a total lunar eclipse, every bit as cool as a band out of the 60s.
What Is a Full Super Flower Blood Moon and Have You Seen One Lately?
What's with the long psychedelic name? Well, there are a few components to this lengthy moniker. Let's break it down with a little help from Royal Museum Greenwich.
Flower - Some cultures refer to May's full moon as the Flower Moon thanks to the abundant blooming that occurs in the spring. Other names include hare moon, the corn planting moon, and the milk moon.
Super - This full Moon is due to be a 'supermoon', when the Moon appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter.
Blood - According to space.com, a "blood moon" happens when Earth's moon is in a total lunar eclipse. The view is striking as the "usually whitish moon becomes red or ruddy-brown."
You Won't Have to Get Up at an Absurd Hour
Good news! You won't have to stand out on your rooftop in the middle of the night in your undies. This event will be visible just before 8 p.m. on May 15. The window to see it will be roughly four hours.
Where Does the 'Red' Come From?
With a full eclipse, the moon is fully in Earth's shadow. Some light from Earth's sunrises and sunsets finds its way to the surface of the moon. Space.com says, "Because the light waves are stretched out, they look red. When this red light strikes the moon's surface, it also appears red."
Let's Get The Time and Date Correct
If you search this on the web, you'll find the dates for this event listed as May 15-16. Which day is it? You will see it on Sunday, May 15, but according to space.com, the eclipse will "peak" at 11 minutes after midnight on Monday, May 16.
Witness This From Colorado
This may be the dumbest thing I've ever done, but I might just have to climb Mt. Garfield that Sunday evening and take my camera with me. I've gone on record with my opinion about climbing after dark in Western Colorado. This might be an exception. If you're interested in getting awesome photos from this event, check out this info explaining how to photograph the moon.