The Quiz: ‘Blood moon’ is the name given to what type of celestial phenomenon?
A Full moon in the far north
B Total lunar eclipse
C Full moon at the start of summer
‘Blood moon’ is a nickname for a total lunar eclipse, which occurs when the moon, Earth, and sun are in perfect alignment and the moon falls directly behind the Earth’s shadow. When that happens, the light cast upon the moon appears red, hence the name.
Tonight’s blood moon coincides with the full moon of May, called the ‘flower moon,’ and is due to begin just after midnight Eastern time, at 12:12 AM.
The correct answer to this quiz is Total lunar eclipse.