2021 Blood Moon AKA Total Lunar Eclipse to Appear on May 26


Blood Moon 2021 is scheduled to appear on May 26. Commonly referred to as a total lunar eclipse or purna chandra grahan in Hindi, a blood moon appears when the moon moves in the earth’s shadow and reflects a reddish-colored light in the sky. The first – and last – blood moon of 2021 will be visible to sky watchers in many parts of the world. However, for people in India, it should be visible as a penumbra lunar eclipse for five minutes.

Total Lunar Eclipse aka Blood Moon 2021

According to NASA notes, the 2021 Blood Moon or this year’s total lunar eclipse will last three hours and seven minutes in total – including the partial eclipse and the total eclipse – although the total lunar eclipse is visible for about 15 minutes. It will start at 08:47 UTC (14:17 IST). However, the full eclipse will appear at 11:11 UTC (4:41 p.m. IST) and peak at 11:18 UTC (4:48 p.m. IST) and will continue to be in its full state until 11:25 UTC (4 : 55h IST). The full lunar event will end at 1:49 p.m. UTC (7:19 a.m. IST).

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Will the total lunar eclipse (Blood Moon 2021) be visible in India?

The 2021 Total Lunar Eclipse aka Blood Moon will be visible in parts of South / East Asia, Australia, much of North America, South America, the Pacific, and Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Antarctica. Some of the cities where the total eclipse is expected to be visible include Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo. It will also be partially visible in cities such as Bangkok, Chicago, Dhaka, Montreal, New York, Toronto and Yangon. However, it should only be visible as a penumbra lunar eclipse in India – we’ll talk about that later.

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Blood Moon 2021 (the total lunar eclipse of the year) will only be visible in certain regions of the world
Photo credit: NASA

After the next blood moon, the next total lunar eclipse is scheduled for May 16, 2022. There will also be a partial lunar eclipse on November 19.

What exactly is Blood Moon?

A blood moon appears when the surface of the Moon turns reddish because the Earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon and only light reflected from the lunar surface is refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere. It can be viewed with the naked eye – without the need for special equipment. That said, the experience would be better if you could watch the eclipse through a telescope.

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What is a penumbra lunar eclipse

Unlike a total lunar eclipse where the central part and the Earth’s shadow (shadow) cover the entire surface of the Moon, a penumbra lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth blocks some of the sunlight from reaching the surface. of the Moon, covering it only with the outer part of the shadow (penumbra). The effect of the reddish tint is minimal in the case of a penumbra lunar eclipse compared to total lunar eclipses.