This weekend, the full ‘Flower Moon’ will move through part of Earth’s shadow and be eclipsed for a few hours. The event that will be visible to more than 6.6 billion people, according to Timeanddate.com(opens in new tab).
During the brief alignment this weekend, viewers in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica, as well as the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans will be able to view the moon being eclipsed. Parts of Europe (though not the U.K.) will also see some of the eclipse during moonrise on May 5.
This eclipse will take place between 15:14 UTC and 19:31 UTC on May 5, with maximum eclipse at 17:22 UTC. The event will take a total of 4 hours and 18 minutes.
Meanwhile, the full Flower Moon — named for the flowers blooming all over the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year — will appear bright and full all over the world on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 5 to May 7)
The eclipse will occur because Earth will sit precisely between the sun and the moon, and is part of the same alignment of the moon’s orbit that caused the recent total solar eclipse.