Blood moon on May 26 | Facts you need to know about Lunar eclipse

Blood Moon 2021: Total Lunar Eclipse will appear on May 26 this year
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This year 2021, the first total lunar eclipse will fall on May 26. A total lunar eclipse is also called the Blood moon.

When the moon moves into the earth’s shadow and light from the sun cannot fall on the moon, it causes a lunar eclipse.

Therefore, a reddish tinge appears on the moon during a lunar eclipse. Now the question arises Why does this happen?

This phenomenon happens because light from the earth’s sunrise and sunset falls on the surface of the moon. The next lunar eclipse will take place on May 26, this year.

And as the light waves stretch out, these appear red in colour. It will be the first one since 21 January 2019.

There are in total three types of eclipse namely partial, total and penumbral. Although, a total lunar eclipse is the most dramatic one. This is when earth’s shadow completely covers moon.

Since time immemorial, eclipses have inspired awe and fear among people.

On May 26, the full moon will be the closest to Earth, which will make the lunar eclipse. The Super Blood Moon will be visible in South and East Asia, Australia, most of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Antarctica.

This lunar eclipse will be at its peak at around 4:49 pm IST. During the eclipse, surface of the moon will be completely covered by Earth’s umbra.

Moreover, there will be two lunar and two solar eclipses in 2021. And the next eclipse will be a partial one that will take place on 19 November.

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