SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26: The full moon, known as a âsuper flower blood moonâ, is seen during its maximum lunar eclipse phase, in Sydney, Australia, on May 26, 2021. The full moon on Wednesday will be the year's biggest âsuper moonâ and feature the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years, known as a âsuper blood moonâ. A âsuper blood moonâ is when a total lunar eclipse (or âblood moonâ) happens at the same time as a âsuper moonâ, when the moon will be at perigee, or the closest point to Earth in its orbit, making it appear about 7% larger than normal and 15% brighter. The eclipse will be visible from Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific, South-East Asia and parts of North and South America at the same time. (Photo by Steven Saphore/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

This week in science

Super Flower Blood Moon and more: Understand the world through 8 images

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The week of May 20–26 saw a volcanic eruption in the DRC, the first total lunar eclipse in two years, and an ancient discovery in deep space.

Here are the biggest science stories of the week, told in 8 incredible images.