Tuesday May 25 2021

The full moon of May 2021 is the second in a series of three supermoons.  If your pets or kids are acting strange, there may be a good reason for it, again! This one also comes with a lunar eclipse.

For starters, the name Flower Moon is given to the full moon of May, which coincides with the full bloom of spring.  Yes, ‘May-flower’.

We should be lucky to get a glimpse before our next round of rain showers. The timing will allow it to appear ‘full’ Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening.

The moon will officially be full, or in opposition to the sun at 7:15 AM Wednesday  May 26. That is when the eclipse will occur, but will not see the full show in our sky. I do have a way for your to watch below. 

Lunar Eclipse

This is COMPLETELY SAFE to watch with the naked eye.  This is the moon passing through the shadow of Earth.  It is the ‘solar eclipse’ that can be dangerous to look at directly. That’s when the sun get’s blocked with the moon passing in front of our view.




This photo was one of our best prior lunar eclipse shows in 2019 from Connie Stevens Duke

Full Wolf Super Blood Moon lunar eclipse Connie Stevens Duke



Elliptical Orbit

The orbit of the moon around Earth is an eclipse, rather than a circle. That shape means there are times when the two bodies are far apart (apogee) and close together (perigee).

  • The average distance is 238,900 miles
  • This Full Moon will be 222,221 miles away.



Moon Orbit




This real special aspect is that this will be the first of three super moons in a row. The full moon will occur while the illumination is within 90% of perigee.  That makes the moon appear larger AND brighter than average.

In contrast to a micro moon, full moon at apogee, the moon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter.



Supermoon Timing

It will appear to be full for a couple of days

7:15 AM Wednesday May 26 2021 = Official time of Full Moon.

Supermoon Viewing: Baltimore Reference


8:13 PM = Sunset

7:31 PM = Moonrise.   If you have a wide open view to the East and West, both will be visible at the same time, for about 42 minutes.


Wednesday Morning: Lunar Eclipse

5:51 AM Moonset

Illumination will be 100%, and just entering the edge of Earth’s shadow.

Distance: 222, 114 miles from Earth.




Lunar Eclipse

The problem is that as the moon enters Earth’s shadow, it will be setting for us. We would only get a glimpse of the slight change as it is setting.





The other issue is that we may have a band of cloud cover over our region.  It will be best to view this one online. See the Live Stream Video below.





You can watch the lunar eclipse right here. Check back for the video that will be in action in the morning.




Next Supermooon

June 24 = Strawberry Moon




Sunshine Sate Of Mind

I am done with the cold and snow (for the season). I am embracing my wife’s mantra of Sunshine State of Mind.

This was designed by Shannon Berk and we will be wearing it through spring and to the beach.

Double Benefit: Proceeds will be split between our nonprofit Just In Power Kids and the development of my new weather website. That has been scheduled to be ready to launch in May.

Sunshine State Of Mind



14 Local Maryland Pages (and York PA)

We have made a page for Maryland Weather which gives you the current conditions for 14 present area locations.

Local Hourly Forecasts and Local Radar
Central Maryland



Bel Air

Carroll County/Westminster




Ocean City

Dover DE

Southern Maryland

Patuxent River 

Washington DC





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