Sunday , June 20 2021

Total lunar eclipse to attend supermoon



It starts with the partial phase at 10.34pm New York on Sunday. That's when the earth's shadow begins to pinch the moon. The totality – when the earth's shadow completely covers the moon – will last for 62 minutes, beginning at 11.41 p.m. on Sunday in New York.

This photo shows the solar eruption as the sun emerges from a total eclipse by the moon.

This photo shows the solar eruption as the sun emerges from a total eclipse by the moon.Credit:AP

If the skies are clear, the whole eclipse will be visible in North and South America, as well as in Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Portugal and the French and Spanish coasts. The rest of Europe, as well as Africa, will have a partial view before the moon begins.

During the whole, the moon will turn red because of the sunlight scattered throughout the Earth's atmosphere. That is why an eclipsed moon is sometimes known as the moon of blood. In January, the full moon is also sometimes known as the wolf moon or the great spiritual moon.

So, informally speaking, the next lunar eclipse will be a super wolf of the blood – or great spirit – moon.

Unfortunately, Asia, Australia and New Zealand are out of luck. But these regions had a prime view last year when there were two total lunar eclipses.

The next total lunar eclipse will not be until May 2021.

As for the supermoons of the full moon, this will be the first of three this year. The next full moon will be about 357,300 km away. The super moon of February 19 will be a little closer and one in March will be the farthest.

AP


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