May 26, a Wednesday—or ‘Woden’s Day’ for you two or three pagans in the audience—will comprise both a total lunar eclipse and a full super moon.
This year, in many parts of the world, the eclipsing of the suns light by Earth will shadow our lunar neighbor, turning it into an impressive redhence the title Blood Moon.
This total lunar eclipse is the first in over two decades. It will be visible in the western U.S. and Canada, all of Mexico, eastern Asia, Oceania, the Pacific Islands, and western South America before sunrise on May 26.
For those on the east coast of the States, the sun will be too low on the horizon when the eclipse occurs—though if you’re able to get a tall enough point (not easy to do in, say, Appalachia), and have a clear view of the horizon—given clear weather you may have the ability to observe the phenomenon.
Unlike with solar eclipses, you’ll need no special glasses for viewing this occasion.
A full Super Flower Moon
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the peak full moon illumination will occur at around 7:14am EST on Wednesday morning—but by this point it will be very near or even below the horizon, so you’ll want to venture out the night before—or, to be honest, all week is nice : NASA reports that the Moon will look full from Tuesday night all the way through Friday morning.
May’s Flower Moon— which is also referred to as the Milk Moon and Corn Planting Moon— is going to be the biggest and brightest full super moon of 2021.
Farmer’s Almanac reports that this time held a special place in some Native American calendars—as increasing heat made it safe to keep young, an ideal period for planting crops, along with a time that marked the end of late season frosts.
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