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How to watch the total lunar eclipse of May 26, 2021?

The most interesting dramatic lunar event of the year is upon us. On Tuesday night, the moon's only total eclipse of the year.

 It's a good night for it, as our celestial watch reaches one of its closest points to Earth, otherwise known as a Supermoon.

How to watch the total lunar eclipse of May 26, 2021?

What is a super blood moon lunar eclipse?

There's a lot to unpack here, so let's start with the eclipse part.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon crosses the Earth's shadow, preventing the sun from shining on it.

Depending on its orbit, the moon appears to partially or completely disappear from the night sky for several minutes before returning to the sunlight.

But there's also a so-called "supermoon" going on.

Astronomers and skywatchers somewhat disagree on the true definition of a supermoon.

How far the moon should be from Earth to qualify as a supermoon depends on who you ask –

But, generally, it refers to the times when a full moon is at its closest point to Earth, called perigee.

That makes it appear even bigger and brighter than most full moons.

The reference to blood may seem macabre, but it refers to the brick-red hue the moon can take on due to an optical illusion.

To better explain this phenomenon, before the direct opposition of the sun and the moon are, the light of the sun.

The light is reflected normally directly on the lunar surface crosses the terrestrial atmosphere.

This last filters the blue of the spectrum UV to leave only the reds and the oranges, from where the effect of reddish gradient.

This is the same mechanism that gives sunsets and sunrises their beautiful colors.

That is according to Space.com's interview with Jackie Faherty, an astronomer, and astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History.

Then there is the "floral" aspect, which simply means a nickname given to the full moon that occurs primarily in May.

This is the month that the first skywatchers  is associated with the new flowers of spring.

Namely the Algonquin peoples belonging to North America, according to the Farmer's Almanac.


Blood moon lunar eclipse Occurrence

The eclipse occurs on the morning or evening of Wednesday, May 26, depending on your global positioning.

It is most visible to those in southern and western South America, western North America, the Pacific Ocean, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Australia.

In Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), a neutral time zone used by astronomers, the process begins at 08:47 UTC (4:47 am EDT).

With the moon approaching the Earth's shadow around 9:45 UTC (5:45 am EDT).

The point at which the moon is completely engulfed by the Earth's shadow, called totality, occurs at 11:16 UTC (7:16 am EDT).

Also, it will remain in darkness for about 14 minutes and 30 seconds.

In other lunar eclipses, totality is known to last more than 100 minutes, or as little as a few seconds.

 

Will moon lunar eclipse be visible anywhere?

Unfortunately, No,  as half of our planet will have already entered daylight, according to a handy map available at TimeandDay.com.

The Pacific regions offer the best view, especially South Asia, Australia and Oceania, Hawaii and Antarctica (if you help the search that way).

Western and Central North America, Central America and the southern tip of South America will experience some degree of totality.

While those in the southern and central U.S. Canada and South America may see a partial eclipse.

However, the chances of catching part of the eclipse are marginal for the northeastern U.S as well as the eastern half of Brazil, South America.

Besides, other Atlantic coastal countries, as well as the east coast of the U.S. and Canada.

Meanwhile, Russia, Europe, and Africa will miss this year's show completely.


When is the next lunar eclipse?

The other half of the planet will have to wait for the next total lunar eclipse - May 16, 2022.

When most of North and South America, as well as parts of Europe, Africa and western Russia will be able to participate in the show.


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