Celestial events are more or less rare, and for people around the world witnessing such events are often a once in a lifetime opportunity. Eclipses are one such event and almost everyone in the world can claim to have seen either solar or lunar eclipse. But some of the rarer events include Super Moons and blood moons. It is no wonder then, that to come across such events all at the same time will probably be one of the rarest celestial spectacles anyone would be fortunate enough to see.
Luckily enough, this year will bring one such event for the whole world to see. People around the world will have a chance to witness one of the greatest super-celestial coincidences- Lunar eclipse, blood moon, and super moon all at once! According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States, on 26th May, the full moon will sweep through the Earth’s umbral shadow creating a total eclipse of the moon.
Moreover, the May full moon will be earth’s closest, and the biggest and brightest, full moon of the year – A super moon. Although the full eclipse will last for less than 15 minutes, it will be followed by nearly one and half hours of partial eclipse. The cherry on the top will however be the colour that the moon will acquire during this phenomenon- Red.
NASA defines Supermoon as when either the full or new moon is at its closest to the earth in its rotational approach. This closest point is known as ‘perigee’, in contrast to ‘apogee’ (farthest away from earth). During a Supermoon, the moon appears slightly brighter and larger than usual and can affect tidal movements in the sea due to increased gravitational pull.
In simple terms, lunar eclipse is when the earth comes directly (in a straight line) in between the sun and the moon, blocking the sunlight partially or completely on the moon. Based on how much the earth’s shadow covers the moon, we get a partial or total eclipse. This can only happen during a full moon.
Red Moon is not a seperate celestial event, but rather an optical one. During a lunar eclipse, when the earth’s shadow covers the moon, the moon does not go completely dark, but rather appears in a reddish tinge. This is known as the blood moon.
According to NASA, one can see this event properly from a number of different locations- Middle of the Pacific Ocean, Australia, the west coast of America, and the east coast of Asia. In India, The partial phase of the eclipse will begin at 3:15 pm and the total phase will begin at 4:39 pm. The total phase will end at 4:58 pm and the partial phase will end at 6:23 pm.
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