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Lunar Eclipse 2021 Highlights: Some stunning images of the Super Blood Moon

Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahan) 2021 Date, Timings Highlights: Since it was a supermoon, which is essentially a Full Moon at its closest point to Earth, the moon appeared to be larger and because of the total lunar eclipse it had a reddish glow.

By: Tech Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: May 27, 2021 10:05:47 am
A "Super Blood Moon" is seen during the lunar eclipse over Sydney, Australia, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

The lunar eclipse is now over. The full eclipse began at 11.11 am UTC, which was around 4.41 pm IST. But the total lunar eclipse was not visible in India. The total lunar event will last till 7.19 pm IST.

The moon will be the closest to Earth and will hence, today’s lunar eclipse is called a Super Blood Moon. Not only does the moon appears to be bigger and closer to the Earth, it will be reddish orange in colour.  This is the first total lunar eclipse since January 2019.

What exactly will you see on May 26?

Since it is a supermoon, which is essentially a Full Moon at its closest point to Earth, we will be seeing a larger Full Moon than usual. However, since it is also a total lunar eclipse on the same day, we will be later seeing the Moon in its glowing red tone. So this is a Super Blood Moon.

The red colour comes from the Earth blocking out most of the Sun’s light from reaching the moon and filtering out the remaining light to give the Moon its red ‘total lunar eclipse’ shade.

Who can watch the Total Lunar Eclipse?

While observers all over the world will be able to view the Supermoon throughout the night if the sky is clear, the eclipse will be visible in East Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and Americas The lunar eclipse, NASA says, will be more difficult to observe. The partial eclipse, which is when the moon moves into and out of Earth’s shadow will be visible from India, Nepal, western China, Mongolia, and eastern Russia just after the Moon rises in the evening. But India will not get to see the total eclipse.

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Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon 2021, Chandra Grahan 2021 Date and Time, Today Timings in India, Updates:

01:12 (IST)27 May 2021
Overcast skies block view of lunar eclipse from Bengal

Overcast skies due to Cyclone Yaas prevented enthusiasts from briefly watching a lunar eclipse in Kolkata and several other parts of West Bengal on Wednesday.

The partial eclipse of the moon started at around 3:15 pm and ended at 6:22 pm.

It would have been visible in Kolkata from 6:15 pm, the time of moonrise, to 6:22 pm, but the overcast sky played spoilsport, a senior astrophysicist told PTI.

For several parts of India, the moon was below the eastern horizon during the eclipse. "For cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, the
eclipse could not be seen as during the eclipse phase, the moon was below the horizon at these places," he said. PTI

22:52 (IST)26 May 2021
Buildup to super blood moon eclipses the finale

In the end, the buildup seemed to eclipse the finale.

People across New Zealand and around the world stayed up Wednesday to watch a cosmic event called a super blood moon, a combination of a total lunar eclipse and a brighter-than-usual supermoon.

During the buildup, a glittering moon rose above the horizon. As the Earth's shadow began taking bites from the moon, it created a dramatic effect. Half the moon vanished, leaving it looking like a black-and-white cookie.

When the full eclipse took hold, however, the moon darkened, turning a smudgy burnt orange colour for many viewers.

In celestial terms, it was a wonder: a projection of the world's sunsets and sunrises onto the black canvas of the eclipsed moon. But for people peering up from their backyards, it wasn't quite the brilliant display they'd anticipated. Not quite super or blood-colored. "It was not that vivid for those on ground,� said Ben Noll, a meteorologist with New Zealand scientific research agency NIWA. "Personally, I thought there would be a bit more red in the sky." AP

17:47 (IST)26 May 2021
The lunar eclipse as seen in Australia

 A "Super Blood Moon" is seen during the lunar eclipse over Sydney, Australia, May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott

17:43 (IST)26 May 2021
Total lunar eclipse is over: Check out some images

The total lunar eclipse is now over. However, the entire celestial event will end at 7.20 pm. Again, those of us in India will not get to witness the event. Here are some pictures of the lunar eclipse.  

The moon sets behind the Montevideo port, in Uruguay, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, during a lunar eclipse, also known as a super blood moon.  (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)


Clouds surround a supermoon, the biggest and brightest full moon of the year, during a total lunar eclipse in the skies above La Jolla, California, U.S. May 26, 2021.   REUTERS/Mike Blake
16:00 (IST)26 May 2021
When will total lunar eclipse take place?

So the partial lunar eclipse has begun. But the event will peak at around 11.16 am UTC or 4.41 pm IST. This is the time during which the moon will be completely covered by the Earth's shadow, and will take on a reddish, orange colour.  

15:13 (IST)26 May 2021
Some pictures of the Supermoon

The Supermoon is visible in some parts of the world. A look at some pictures of the Reddish moon. The full moon, known as the "Super Flower Moon", is seen behind Stonehenge stone circle near Amesbury, Britain, May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Peter CziborraThe full moon, known as the "Super Flower Moon", is seen behind Stonehenge stone circle near Amesbury, Britain, May 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Peter Cziborra 

The full moon, known as the "Super Flower Moon", is seen over the Anitkabir, the mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara, Turkey May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Cagla Gurdogan

The super moon shines over the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

14:29 (IST)26 May 2021
Lunar eclipse: What will you see in India?

Lunar eclipse, at least the total lunar eclipse where the moon will turn reddish orange is not visible in India. Only a partial lunar eclipse will be seen in India. The Supermoon should be visible if the skies are clear. However, thanks to the internet we can at least see the lunar eclipse taking place in other countries. Check out the tweet below 

13:08 (IST)26 May 2021
Lunar Eclipse 2021: Is Lunar eclipse safe to watch?

One big question is whether the lunar eclipse is safe to watch or not? And whether it will have impact on a user's health or not?  As NASA makes it clear the lunar eclipse and all phases of a lunar eclipses are safe to view. You can view with your naked eye. You don't need any special equipment for this, though those who have a "telescope," will be able to enjoy a closer view of the Supermoon. 

11:41 (IST)26 May 2021
Why is this lunar eclipse event so special?

This is because sky gazers will not only witness a super-celestial event, but also a supermoon and a red blood moon all at once. The total lunar eclipse is the first in nearly two and a half years. It occurs within hours of the closest perigee of the year, making the Moon appear about 7 percent larger than average. 

10:08 (IST)26 May 2021
Why is it a Super Moon

Tonight's lunar eclipse is taking place along with a supermoon. A supermoon is when the moon is at or near its closest point to Earth. Tonight's moon will appear 7 per cent bigger. When the Moon is at or near its closest point to Earth at the same time as it is full, it is called a “supermoon,” according to NASA. It will also appear brighter in the sky. 

08:46 (IST)26 May 2021
Check out NASA's super cool graphics to see what the eclipse will look like

So we can't experience the total lunar eclipse in India, but NASA has a very cool graphics which you can try out to see a telescopic view of tonights Super Blood Moon eclipse. The graphics will show a telescopic view of what the moon will look like at various phases. Trying entering different times and hit update to see what the experience will be like if you were actually viewing the total eclipse. 

08:40 (IST)26 May 2021
Lunar Eclipse 2021: Where all is it visible?

The total lunar eclipse is not visible in India. Only parts of India will get to see the partial eclipse, but the Supermoon should be visible if the skies are clear. 

The total lunar eclipse will be visible in western continental United States, Canada, all of Mexico, Central America and Ecuador, western Peru, and southern Chile and Argentina. The partial eclipse, which takes place as the Moon will be visible in  Nepal, western China, Mongolia, and eastern Russia just after the Moon rises in the evening, along with India. 

Finally, those who live in eastern Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii, will see both the total and the partial eclipse, according to NASA. 

08:38 (IST)26 May 2021
Super Blood Moon: Why does the Moon appear reddish during a total lunar eclipse?

During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth blocks all sunlight from reaching the moon, but some sunlight does manage to hit the lunar surface, but it is heavily filtered red light.

As NASA explains, sunlight "bends and scatters" when it has to pass through Earth's atmosphere, and while blue light gets scattered more easily, colours liked red and orange travel a straighter path. It is this "heavily filtered morning and evening light" which reaches the moon, and that's why the moon appears "red-orange".

According to NASA, "the more dust or clouds in Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the Moon will appear." You can read more about today's phenomena, here in our Explained.

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