Lunar Eclipse 2021: The Year's Blood Moon Will Occur on May 26: Find Out When It Will Happen

        On May 26, 2021, a Blood Moon will occur. When the Moon moves into the Earth's shadow and reflects a reddish light in the sky, it is known as a complete lunar eclipse.


Sky watchers in many parts of the world will be able to see the first and last Blood Moon of 2021. In India, however, it is predicted to be visible for five minutes as a penumbral lunar eclipse.


Blood Moon - Timings:


        The 2021 blood moon, or complete lunar eclipse, will last three hours and seven minutes in total, according to NASA, including the partial eclipse and total eclipse. The total lunar eclipse, on the other hand, will be visible for about 15 minutes. It will begin at 2:17 p.m. (IST) (08:47 am UTC).


        The full eclipse, on the other hand, will begin at 4:41 pm IST (11:11 am UTC), peak at 4:48 pm IST (11:18 pm UTC), and last until 4:55 pm IST (11:25 am UTC). Finally, at 7:19 a.m. IST, the total lunar eclipse will come to an end (01:49 pm UTC).


Can we see it from India?


        According to Norwegian website date and time estimates, the complete lunar eclipse, also known as the Blood Moon, will be apparent in Southeast Asia, Australia, North America, South America, the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.


        Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo are among the cities where the total eclipse is supposed to be visible. Bangkok, Chicago, Dhaka, Montreal, New York, Toronto, and Yangon will all be partly available. In India, however, it will only be apparent as a penumbral lunar eclipse; more on that later.


What is Blood Moon?

        

        Since the Earth fully prevents direct sunlight from reaching the Moon, only the light reflected from the lunar surface is refracted by the Earth's atmosphere, a blood Moon occurs when the Moon's surface turns reddish. As a result, it can be seen without the use of any special equipment with the naked eye. However, seeing the eclipse through a telescope will enhance the experience.


Lunar eclipse
Image: Lunar Eclipse

        During a lunar eclipse, the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon, as we all know. The lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are not aligned correctly and the Earth casts a shadow over the Moon.


        The penumbra, or outer portion of the Earth's shadow, prevents the Sun's light from falling directly on the Moon. A penumbral lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes through the faint, outer portion of the Earth's shadow. Since the penumbra is much faded than the dark centre of the Earth's shadow, a penumbral eclipse is difficult to differentiate from a regular Full Moon.


Next Lunar Eclipse:

        

        The next complete lunar eclipse is scheduled for May 16, 2022, following the next Blood Moon. On November 19, there will also be a partial lunar eclipse.

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