The overall photo voltaic eclipse of Tremendous Flower Blood Moon occurs this Wednesday – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – Something exciting is going to happen in the sky before sunrise on Wednesday, and right now it looks like the Colorado weather is working together. It is a total lunar eclipse and it will last just under 15 minutes.

Colorado is right on the eastern edge of places where you can see the Super Flower Blood Moon. The solar eclipse will only be visible in the western United States and over the Pacific.

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The partial solar eclipse begins at 3:44:58 a.m.
The total solar eclipse begins at 5:11:26 AM
Eclipse Maximum: 5:18:42 AM
Total Eclipse Ends: 5:25:54 am

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A total lunar eclipse and Blood Moon in April 2015. (Photo credit: Member of the Denver Astronomical Society, Ron Pearson of Evergreen)

Let’s break down the name Super Flower Blood Moon.

Great – since the moon is in perigee, which is closest to Earth in its orbit, it is a supermoon and it happens to be the next of the year. This makes it appear bigger and brighter in the sky.

Flower – The May full moon is often referred to as the flower moon because there are so many flowers in bloom at this time of year. Other less common names are Corn Planting Moon, Milk Moon, and Hare Moon.

Blood – During the total lunar eclipse, the moon appears red as it passes through the earth’s shadow.

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Mike Quaintance of Bailey took this photo of the lunar eclipse on October 8, 2014 “minutes before the total solar eclipse in the shadow of the earth”.

This lunar eclipse will be the first of four in the next two years. The next one will be in November and is considered a deep partial solar eclipse as it will not be complete but rather close.

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