This Sunday's Blood Moon Total Eclipse is supposed to deliver a great view at Elephant Rocks State Park in Missouri

CJ Coombs
Granite rocks at Elephant Rocks State Park in Iron, Missouri.Photo by Fredlyfish4, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

There is an after-hours astronomy event to occur at Elephant Rocks State Park on Sunday, May 15, 2022. There's a rare blood moon total eclipse occurring that night which will be visible at the park. The eclipse is being called the "Super Flower Blood Moon." Part of the reason why this site is a good place to view the eclipse is that there will be no city lights.

May's full moon is known as the 'Flower Moon,' according to NASA, 'for the flowers that are abundant this time of year.' (Source.)

Blood moon total eclipse

There will be a lunar eclipse occurring on Sunday when the Earth is between the full moon and the sun. As the eclipse occurs, only sunlight that is bent through the Earth's atmosphere will e received by the moon. It will start changing color. First gray, then pink, then orange, and then red. It's because of the red color where the name blood moon comes from.

The red tint on the moon is from some of the sunlight colors that stretch to the moon. Around 10:27 p.m. EDT on Sunday, the eclipse will start as soon as the Earth's shadow shows on the moon. During the hour, the shadow will slowly cross over the moon.

Elephant Rocks State Park

If you want to see a lot of large boulders made out of granite, you'll want to visit Elephant Rocks State Park.

The elephant rocks, which were formed from 1.5-billion-year-old granite, are giant boulders that stand end-to-end like a train of circus elephants. The rocks have created formations that intrigue geologists, are popular with history buffs interested in the past quarrying, and fascinate children who love to climb on and between the boulders. (Source.)

This geologic reserve is state-owned and includes an area for public recreation. The Braille Trail provides a way to easily view the rocks. It's also designed for those who have visual and physical disabilities. There's also an area of the trail that takes you to where the old railroad engine house is that's a piece of history of quarrying. There are also picnic tables to have lunch.

This year, a rare blood moon total eclipse will be visible at the park. On May 15, the eclipse will start at 8:30 p.m., peak at 11:11 p.m., and end at 12:50 a.m. As the eclipse starts, the moon will turn a shade of red, giving it the name 'Blood Moon.' Source: Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The park that is managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources would be the place to go to watch the eclipse if you live near the area. Take a late picnic snack.

Thank you for reading, and have fun watching the Blood Moon Total Eclipse!

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