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A 'super blood flower moon' is coming next week—here's how to catch it

By Camille Santiago Published May 22, 2021 1:29 pm

Watch out for a bigger and brighter moon next week as another supermoon, otherwise known as Super Flower Blood Moon, graces the sky.

On May 26, a total lunar eclipse—the first since January 2019—and a supermoon will occur at the same time.

A supermoon happens when a full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth. This month's supermoon is named Flower Moon, a name given by the Algonquin tribes, as it coincides with the spring season in North America.

Meanwhile, a total lunar eclipse happens when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and its shadow covers the Moon. For some observers, the moon may appear reddish in color or what people call it "Blood Moon."

“When this happens, the only light that reaches the moon’s surface is from the edges of the earth’s atmosphere,” according to NASA.

In the Philippines, the moon will start to be visible at moonrise which is at 6:14 pm on May 26. The total lunar eclipse will last for about 15 minutes, starting at 7:11 pm to 7:26 pm, with a peak at 7:18 pm.

Before you take out your cameras on Wednesday, check out NASA's guide on how to photograph the moon. You're welcome.