Rare lunar trifecta rises above Jefferson

The total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, May 26, was a rare lunar trifecta known as a “super flower blood moon” in which a full moon, a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse occurred simultaneously, and was the first in nearly six years. It is the only total lunar eclipse of 2021. The celestial phenomenon took place before dawn as the moon slowly turned red as it moved through Earth’s shadow. May’s full moon is known as the “flower moon” because it’s typically at a time of year when spring flowers emerge. The next blood moon will occur on Monday, May 16, 2022, but it will be another 12 years before a supermoon coincides with another blood moon on Saturday, October 8, 2033. Here, the moon is shown in its partial eclipse stage from the area of the Jackson County Courthouse.

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