The year 2020 was lost to the struggles battling coronavirus. We entered a new year with hopes that the situation would improve and we would have a healthier, more cheerful world. But everything that we had imagined would go right, didn't turn out the way we wanted.
The second wave brought with it more misery and news of struggles and hopelessness everyday. In these times, looking at the sky may offer some respite especially when lunar eclipse, Supermoon and Blood Moon are all coming together on May 26, 2021!
Yes, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the US, the total lunar eclipse in India will be visible at around 2:17 pm and will end at 7:19 pm.
What is a Total Lunar eclipse?
Lunar eclipses occur when the earth's shadow blocks the sun's light, which otherwise reflects off the moon.
There are three types — total, partial and penumbral — with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse, in which Earth's shadow completely covers the moon.
A total lunar eclipse happens when Earth is perfectly in line between the moon and the sun. It creates a shadow that gives the moon a vibrant reddish-orange glow (this is why some total lunar eclipses are referred to as blood moons).
On May 26, 2021, the full flower moon will be eclipsed and turn a shade of red for about 14 minutes. The eclipse takes place just a few hours after the Moon reaches perigee, the closest point to the earth on its orbit.
What will make this even more special as it will coincide with a supermoon, a lunar eclipse and a red blood moon all at once!
How to see the natural phenomenon
This celestial event will be visible throughout the Pacific Ocean and parts of eastern Asia, Japan, Australia, and western North America, and is expected to start at 2.16 a.m. IST.
The moon enters the darkest part of Earth's shadow around 3:15 a.m. IST.
The glimpse of the moon's surface will be visible between 4:41 a.m. and 4:56 a.m. IST.
The eclipse will reach totality for less than 15 minutes, so be ready to catch this mesmerizing display when it happens.
After this, on November 19, 2021, the second lunar eclipse of the year will take place. This lunar eclipse will also be visible in India.
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