When is the next blood moon? All you need to know about the celestial phenomenon

Look up! If you're wondering 'when is the next blood moon?' we've got you covered

A beautiful shot of a red moon, total lunar eclipse with a black night sky in the background
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Wondering, 'when is the next blood moon'? Fortunately for the astronomy enthusiasts among us, the planetary event is fast approaching, so mark your calendars.

As our May 2021 horoscope shows, this pivotal month features the first eclipse season of the year, which will result in a glorious red blood moon. We are more than ready to bask in its glory. We'll tell you when, where, and how to catch this solar system show-stopper.

What is a blood moon?

When the moon sports this spooky, red-hued shade, it's all thanks to a total lunar eclipse, according to NASA

When the earth lines up between the moon and the sun, the only light that can reach the moon's surface comes from the edges of the earth's atmosphere. As a result, air molecules from the earth scatter blue light, and the remaining light reflects onto the moon with a red tint.

What's especially exciting is that out of the three lunar eclipses—total, partial, and penumbral—the total eclipse is the most dramatic, according to the experts on our sister site Space.com. So don't miss this month's big event.

When is the next blood moon and what time can you see it? 

The next total lunar eclipse—triggering the blood moon—will be on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The eclipse is due to peak at 7:19 am EDT (11:19 GMT). 

This comes on the heels of a penumbral lunar eclipse, on the last two days of November 2020, which was visible from North and South America, the Pacific Ocean, and nearby regions.

Bathed in blood red by the setting Sun, a full lunar eclipse rises over Mount Shuksan as seen from Artist Point on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015, in Whatcom County, Wash.

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Where is the next blood moon visible?

Unfortunately, not everyone will have easy access to see the blood moon. Space.com suggests the main event will happen over the Pacific Ocean, so those in Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania are likely to have the best seats in the house.

People in the western third of the US are in luck, per Farmers' Almanac—with Hawaii the prime state for eclipse-viewing. As you head east in the US the chances of seeing the eclipse, in all its glory, become less favorable. 

Residents of Europe or Africa will have to wait another year, until 16 May 2022, when the blood moon will be visible on both continents.

How can I see the next blood moon? 

Pro tip: turn your eyes towards the top part of the moon, which will be the brightest point during totality. The moon will be closest to the outer edge of the umbral shadow, according to Farmers' Almanac.

What does the blood moon symbolize? 

Like other celestial phenomena—Mercury in retrograde, for example—it's thought that the occurrence of a blood moon can have astrological effects. 

Astrologers suggest that emotions and tempers can run high, feelings of anxiety or restlessness in relationships may arise, and accidents or unexpected events could crop up—all as a result of the lunar event. Take approach of the blood moon as a chance to tap into your meditation and reflective practices, to center yourself and prepare for any irritations or obstacles the blood moon may bring.

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