NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – In the early hours of May 26, the first lunar eclipse of the year will occur. This event will be unique due to the fact it will be a supermoon, a lunar eclipse, and a red blood moon all at once. But when will it be best viewed by New Mexicans?
For New Mexicans, the eclipse should be visible starting at about 5:11 a.m. in the southwest part of the sky with a partial eclipse beginning at 3:44 a.m. The total eclipse should end by 5:25 a.m.
This week, skywatchers will have the chance to see the slightly larger-than-average full moon appear red temporarily during the so-called “Super Flower Blood Moon.” During the “Super Flower Blood Moon,” the full moon of may will pass through Earth’s shadow which it will cause it to appear red. Around the same time, the moon will reach the closest point to Earth in its current orbit. This will make the moon seem slightly bigger than an average full moon.
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles plans to stream the Super Flower Blood Moon Wednesday, weather permitting.