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Total lunar eclipse + red moon + super moon, this lunar celestial event is too rare, how to catch such a coincidence

Total Lunar Eclipse + Red Moon + Super Moon

By ApostolakisPublished 4 months ago 3 min read
Total Lunar Eclipse

Total lunar eclipse + red moon + super moon will be staged at the same time. This celestial event is rarely seen. It will be staged in the sky on the night of May 26.

As we all know, a total lunar eclipse happens because the Earth blocks the sunlight from the Moon, which means the shadow of the Earth in the sunlight covers the Moon. Although this celestial event is not very rare, it is not easily seen by people in a certain region of the Earth. The total lunar eclipse begins at 17:44 on May 26. At this time, the Earth's shadow begins to sweep over the Moon in the sunlight, and the side of the Moon begins to lack erosion as the eclipse enters the initial loss phase. At this time, however, it is still dark, and for most of China, the moon is still near the eastern horizon and not too easy to see. However, the total lunar eclipse lasts longer, after which the moon is eroding more and more. By 19:09, the moon will all be in the shadow of the earth illuminated by the sun, and the total lunar eclipse will reach the eclipse stage. At this moment, the sky is not completely dark in most parts of China, but the moon can already be seen in the east. However, because the light from the sun shining on the moon is blocked by the earth at this exact moment, the moon will look very dark and not easy to see! If you have professional viewing equipment, or you can see a red, bronze-colored moon.

During this total lunar eclipse, the phase when the Moon is completely in the Earth's shadow will last for 19 minutes. 19:19, the Moon will reach the Earth's maximum blocking area and the total lunar eclipse will enter eclipse time. In another 9 minutes, the Moon will begin to move out of the Earth's shadow area. Then one side of the moon will start to glow and the total lunar eclipse will enter the glowing phase, with the glowing area getting bigger and bigger and the moon gradually getting brighter. At this moment, the night in eastern China will start to darken, and some places can see the gradually brightening total lunar eclipse.

But this phase lasted for more than 1 hour and 20 minutes until 2053 when the moon will completely come out of the shadow area of the earth illuminated by light and return to its pre-eclipse state before the astronomical phenomenon of total lunar eclipse comes to an end. At this moment, as long as the weather is clear in east-central China, you can see the moon, so this total lunar eclipse is somewhat unfortunate for Chinese viewers, who can see it when it is almost over or already over.

The reason why this total lunar eclipse is also a supermoon moment is that the moon is closer to the earth and is located near the earth's perigee. The Moon's apparent area is about 30% larger at this time than on the far side. It is also the 15th day of the 4th lunar month and the moon is large and full, so it is usually called a supermoon. It is also because the Earth is relatively close to the Moon, so the duration of a total supermoon eclipse is usually a little longer.

What about the red moon? It is actually the name of the red moon that shines during a total lunar eclipse. It is because when the Moon is covered by the Earth's shadow, although the sunlight cannot shine directly on the Moon, some of the sunlight can still reach the Moon through the refraction of the Earth's atmosphere. This is because the Earth's atmosphere filters the other shorter wavelengths of sunlight, leaving behind longer wavelengths of light, mainly red. When these red-biased rays hit the Moon, the Moon will appear red, so this time the Moon will be

If you don't see this total lunar eclipse, there will be another total lunar eclipse on May 16 next year, and the observation time is from 4:11 am to 5:45am. Although the domestic observable conditions are better than this, the residents who have difficulty getting up usually do not look at midnight. 8 October 2033 there is a total lunar eclipse similar to today + super moon + red moon, observing conditions better than today.


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