The Super Flower Blood Moon is Coming Wednesday. Here’s how you can watch in Amarillo.
First of all, let's start with the name. Super Flower Blood Moon is quite a bit to swallow. Makes me think of something out of Dragon Ball Z, Toonami or any pick of Japanese Anime.
Cartoons aside, The name actually is a couple of things rolled into one. The Flower Moon is the traditional name of the May full Moon, It's going to be a super moon which means it's orbit brings it closer to earth making it seem larger, and the blood comes from the orange-reddish hue from the eclipse. Now that we got that out of the way....
What exactly is a Lunar Eclipse?
Let's go back to a little grade school astronomy here. the Super Flower Blood Moon is simply nothing more than a lunar eclipse. I won't break the science down too much but lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes through the earth's shadow. The orange-reddish color actually comes from light bending around our atmosphere from sunrises and sunsets. Unlike solar, lunar eclipses are perfectly safe to view, no special eyewear is needed and the viewing area is much bigger. It's an even bigger treat with a telescope but a handy pair of binoculars works just fine.
Viewing in the Panhandle
The Super Flower Blood Moon will be best seen in the Pacific Rim and the U.S. West Coast. Now if you're like me and have to work for a living or just can't travel, don't worry you're not out of luck. Because Earth's shadow is so large basically anyone on the night side can see the eclipse, it's just a matter of timing. Here in Amarillo the Eclipse begins early Wednesday morning. The Moon will slip into the first stages at 2:47am, the peak will occur at 5:18 AM and the eclipse will end well after sunrise.
If you don't want to watch outside or if nature decides to bless us with a little more rain, there are still plenty of great observatories that will be live streaming the event.
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