Total Eclipse of a Supermoon in Iowa
On the early morning of Wednesday, May 26, the Full Supermoon will sweep through the Earth’s shadow. The moon's total eclipse will last only 15 minutes, but the partial eclipse will last for around 90 minutes.
This month’s full moon is 2021’s closest --- the biggest and brightest -- full moon of the year.
The last total eclipse of a year’s closest full moon happened on September 28, 2015.
This total lunar eclipse will be at least partly visible in Iowa, weather permitting.
Since this is a Full Supermoon, it will appear 8% larger and will be moving faster around our planet at over 2,200 MPH. (155 MPH faster than when it is at its most distant point)
However, in Eastern Iowa, the moon will set on May 26 at 5:43 AM, about half an hour BEFORE the total eclipse begins. So – weather permitting – we’ll only get to see the start of the eclipse. See a viewing map, HERE.
Don’t worry, another Total Lunar Eclipse will happen nearly a year from now and it WILL be visible in Iowa. So mark your calendars for May 15-16, 2022.
The next Full Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse won’t happen again until October 2033.
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