Stunning photos show GIANT Super Flower Blood Moon glowing over New York City

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Stunning photos show the gigantic Super Flower Moon glowing over New York City during its closest annual orbit, while the west coast enjoyed fantastic views of the lunar eclipse.

The moon appeared large and red in the night sky over Manhattan when the Super Moon event coincided with a lunar eclipse and flowers bloomed Tuesday night. It could largely be seen glowing over One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building.

The moon was at the closest point in its orbit to Earth and appeared up to 17 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the faintest moon of the year, according to NASA.

This phenomenon is called a super moon when it is in the full moon phase at some point in its 27-day orbit around Earth, known as perigee, when the moon is only 364,000 miles from the planet.

NEW YORK: The Super Flower Blood Moon rises above One Vanderbilt as the sun sets in New York City on May 25, 2021, as viewed from Weehawken, New Jersey

NEW YORK: The Super Flower Blood Moon rises above One Vanderbilt as the sun sets in New York City on May 25, 2021, as viewed from Weehawken, New Jersey

NEW YORK: The Super Flower Blood Moon rises behind the antenna at One World Trade Center in New York City on May 25, 2021, as viewed from Jersey City, New Jersey

NEW YORK: The Super Flower Blood Moon rises behind the antenna at One World Trade Center in New York City on May 25, 2021, as viewed from Jersey City, New Jersey

NEW YORK: The Super Flower Blood Moon rises over Manhattan and the Empire State Building in New York City on May 25, 2021, as viewed from Weehawken, New Jersey

NEW YORK: The Super Flower Blood Moon rises over Manhattan and the Empire State Building in New York City on May 25, 2021, as viewed from Weehawken, New Jersey

NEW YORK: The Super Flower Blood Moon rises over Manhattan in New York City on May 25, 2021, as viewed from Weehawken, New Jersey

NEW YORK: The Super Flower Blood Moon rises over Manhattan in New York City on May 25, 2021, as viewed from Weehawken, New Jersey

NEW YORK: The Super Flower Blood Moon rises behind the antenna at One World Trade Center in New York City on May 25, 2021, as viewed from Jersey City, New Jersey

NEW YORK: The Super Flower Blood Moon rises behind the antenna at One World Trade Center in New York City on May 25, 2021, as viewed from Jersey City, New Jersey

DELAWARE: President Joe Biden boards Marine One at Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle as the Super Flower Blood Moon rises

DELAWARE: President Joe Biden boards Marine One at Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle as the Super Flower Blood Moon rises

NORTH MACEDONIA: A man looks through binoculars at the full moon, the second and last supermoon this year, the 'Flower Moon', as it rises above the castle in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

NORTH MACEDONIA: A man looks through binoculars at the full moon, the second and last supermoon this year, the ‘Flower Moon’, as it rises above the castle in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

NORTH MACEDONIA: The Super Flower Blood Moon is depicted from the Republic of North Macedonia

NORTH MACEDONIA: The Super Flower Blood Moon is depicted from the Republic of North Macedonia

DUBAI: The Super Flower Blood Moon rises over a mosque in Dubai during a total lunar eclipse visible in Asia and the Americas

DUBAI: The Super Flower Blood Moon rises over a mosque in Dubai during a total lunar eclipse visible in Asia and the Americas

NORTH MACEDONIA: On Tuesday, a stork stands in front of the Super Flower Blood Moon in North Macedonia

NORTH MACEDONIA: On Tuesday, a stork stands in front of the Super Flower Blood Moon in North Macedonia

NASA noted that “Super Moon” is not an official astronomical term, but typically describes a full moon that falls within at least 90 percent of the perigee.

NASA’s Twitter account dedicated to information about the Moon noted that it was the distance of only 28 diameters from Earth, rather than the typical 30 diameters.

The Super Moon event coincided with the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years, glowing red for 14 minutes – an event known as a Blood Moon.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between the Moon and the Sun and the Moon is in the innermost part of Earth’s shadow – known as the umbra.

Light passing through the Earth’s atmosphere makes the Moon appear more red and orange, depending on how much dust or clouds there are in the Earth’s atmosphere.

“A moon #eclipse is sometimes referred to as a ‘blood moon,’ but the actual source of the red color is quite gentle: it’s light filtered through all of the sunrises and sunsets on Earth,” NASA posted on Facebook.

The rare event is also known as a flower moon – or when a full moon coincides with the flowers that bloom in May, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The next total lunar eclipse is from May 15-16, 2022 – making it a Flower Blood Moon.

The solar eclipse took place in western North America in the early morning hours on Wednesday, giving people in Alaska and Hawaii the best views. It could also be seen in southern Chile and Argentina.

Sky viewers across Australia and New Zealand and parts of Southeast Asia were able to spot the solar eclipse on Wednesday evening.

People posted on social media about the 'beautiful moon', with photos of the moon shining brightly in the sky before the eclipse

People posted on social media about the ‘beautiful moon’, with photos of the moon shining brightly in the sky before the eclipse

Australian National University astrophysicist Brad Tucker says the shadow creates an amazing orange-red glow that is a bit like sunrise or sunset, with the phenomenon occurring approximately every five years.

“We get two different cool things that happen with the same full moon,” he told AAP.

“It doesn’t happen that often to get this combination … so it’s definitely a special sight and one you don’t want to miss,” Tucker said.

Because the moon is perfectly centered in the shadow of the earth, it falls on this orange-red light. So during the peak of the total lunar eclipse, you see the sunrise and sunset of the Earth illuminating the moon. ‘

While it will be visible from parts of America, Tucker said Australians would have one of the best and most convenient viewing times.

“This is probably the rarest part of this moon, happening in the early evening and not some absurdly normal astronomy time in the middle of the night.”

“You don’t need any special equipment … you just need your eyes, because you can see the beautiful colors and details of the moon.”

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