WSAV NOW Weather: Total lunar eclipse Wednesday morning

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) —Thousands of people will be saying “ooh” and “aah” as the Super Flower Blood Moon turns red as a total lunar eclipse happens early tomorrow morning. Yes, you read that right. The Super Flower Blood Moon plus a TOTAL lunar eclipse. A lot will be happening Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

SUPER FLOWER BLOOD MOON

Let’s start off by breaking down the name of Super Flower Blood Moon.

SUPER: Moons are given the name super when we have a full moon during it’s closest point to Earth (pedigree) in it’s orbit. This is our second super moon of the year. The first was in April. The moon will look bigger and brighter tonight.

FLOWER: May’s full moon name should be pretty easy to guess why we call it the “flower” moon… because of flowers blooming in May through much of North America. “April showers bring MAY FLOWERS”

BLOOD: This comes from the shade of red the moon will turn during a lunar eclipse. Once the earth moves in front of the sun, the moon will turn a dark, dusty red color.

MOON: It’s the moon.

What is a lunar eclipse?

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes in between the sun and the moon. As the moon travels behind Earth’s shadow, blocking out the sunlight from the moon. While the moon passes behind Earth all the time, it has to be in a certain position that is lined up with its orbital tilt for this to happen; otherwise, this would happen more frequently.

As Earth begins to cast a shadow on the moon, it enters the umbra. This is when the moon begins to darken. Once the Earth completely covers the moon and the umbra is complete, the moon will appear a deep red color. This red glow comes from the scattering effect of sunlight through the earth’s atmosphere and the only remaining sunlight comes from the outer edges of Earth. If you were on the moon, you would see a golden glow around Earth.

The best viewing opportunity will be for our neighbors along the west coast of the U.S. and the Pacific Ocean, as the moon will stay above the horizon long enough. This will not be possible for us.

What the Coastal Empire & Lowcountry will see

For those of us in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry, we are too far away from the moon’s orbital track to see it but we will get to see a partial eclipse early Wednesday morning. Before the partial eclipse is complete, the moon will dip below the horizon. If you do want to see it, you will need an unobstructed view of the west/southwest horizon.

EVENTTimeVisible
Eclipse Beginning4:47 amYes
Partial Eclipse Begins5:44 amYes
Moon Dips Below HorizonAround 6:20-6:30 am
Full Lunar Eclipse Begins7:11 amNo, Below Horizon
Maximum Eclipse7:18 amNo, Below Horizon
Full Lunar Eclipse Ends7:25 amNo, Below Horizon
Eclipse Officially Ends9:49 amNo, Below Horizon
The total length of the lunar eclipse is 5 hours, 2 minutes.

The lunar eclipse along the east coast will begin at 4:47 am as the Earth slowly moves in between the Moon and sun. The partial eclipse begins at 5:44 am. By 6:30, the moon will dip below the horizon before the partial eclipse is completed. That is when our viewing will end.

Because the dimming of the moon during the eclipse phase combining with an already very low moon in the sky, it could disappear from view before 6:30 am.

Don’t be too sad if you miss it…
We have more opportunities within the next few years

The lunar eclipse tomorrow will be the first out of 7 eclipses (both lunar and solar) we get to enjoy through 2024. While he next one is in less than a month, we will miss it again.

EventDateVisible
Total Lunar Eclipse May 26, 2021Total – West Coast / Pacific Ocean
Partial – East Coast
Annual Solar EclipseJune 10, 2021Viewable – Northeast / Canada
-Moon covers 60-100% of Sun
Not Viewable here
– Moon only covers 10% of Sun, below horizon
Partial Lunar EclipseNovember 18-19, 2021VIEWABLE HERE!!
-90% of moon will be Earth’s Shadow
-Moon will have red glow
Total Solar EclipseDecember 4, 2021Total – Antarctica
Not Viewable here
Total Lunar EclipseMay 15-16, 2022VIEWABLE HERE!!
-100% of moon will be Earth’s Shadow
-Moon will have red glow
Total Lunar EclipseNovember 8, 2022VIEWABLE HERE!!
-Total Eclipse Visible
Annual Solar EclipseOctober 14, 2023Total – Southwest United States
Partial – Southeast United States
-Moon covers 50-60% of Sun
Total Solar EclipseApril 8, 2024Total – Texas up to Northeast
Partial – Georgia & South Carolina
-Moon covers 60-70% of Sun

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