May’s supermoon will also be the first total lunar eclipse since January 2019, according to EarthSky. It will take the moon just over three hours to cross through the Earth’s shadow, but the actual lunar eclipse will last under 15 minutes.
During the eclipse, the moon will have a reddish hue from the sunlight filtering through the Earth’s atmosphere, according to NASA, so you can also refer to this month’s event as a “blood moon.”
Depending on your location, you may be able to get a glimpse of part of the eclipse. Most of North and South America will be able to see it in the early morning hours while eastern Asia and Australia will see it in the evening.
Western U.S. states are prime locations to see the total lunar eclipse Tuesday and Wednesday, May 25-26. States east of the Mississippi River will see a partial eclipse, but East Coasters won’t see much as the moon turns a dark reddish color — hence, the blood moon moniker — as the moon enters the Earth’s shadow.