Lunar Eclipse 2021: Super Moon and Blood Moon to come together today; here's all you need to know
New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Finally! The first Lunar Eclipse of 2021 is going to happen today, May 26. This year, the lunar eclipse will be a bit different as people across the globe are going to witness three lunar events, namely 'Super Moon', 'Red Blood Moon' and Total Lunar Eclipse. The cosmic event will be visible in Australia, the Pacific Ocean, the Eastern Ocean and North and South America. However, Indians won't be able to witness the Blood Moon as the moon will be below the eastern horizon. Not many know, the 'total lunar eclipse' is also known as Flower Moon as it happens in the month of May which is the the season of spring in Northern Hemisphere.
What is Super Moon?
The Moon's orbit around the Earth is not perfectly circular, so the distance between the two varies as the Moon goes around the Earth. The closes point in the orbit is called perigee which is around 28,000 miles closer to the planet. So when a full moon happens near the perigee, it is known as Supermoon as on that point, the full moon looks 30 per cent bigger and 14 per cent brighter than the normal full moon.
What is Red Blood Moon?
Blood Moon occurs when the moon is completely covered by the Earth's shadow, but instead of going black it takes on a red colour. This is the only reason why sometimes total lunar eclipses are called Red Blood Moon.
"The eclipsed moon is dimly illuminated by red-orange light leftover from all of the sunsets and sunrises occurring around the world at that time. The more dust or clouds in Earth's atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the moon will appear," said NASA.
Super Blood Moon Timing
On May 26, the super moon will occur at around 7:23 pm, when the full moon will be at perigee. The distance between the Earth and the Super Moon will be 3,57,309 km. So those who want to witness this magical lunar moment can view it through a telescope.
Posted By: Niharika Sanjeeiv