The last Lunar Eclipse for 2021

lunar eclipse

A full moon penumbral lunar eclipse.

You can watch it live here.

Full Moon Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

In fact a partial lunar eclipse

It will be best to view it as it rises over the horizon, to the East-North-East.

The Moon Eclipse should be visible in east Asia, the South Pacific, including most of Australia (not WA) and all of the Americas.

In North America, the partial lunar eclipse should be visible in the early morning, before sunrise, and the Moon will likely have a reddish color.

Here in Queensland Australia, we are expecting to get a good view of the full moon eclipse tonight.  The moon rises over Brisbane at 6:15pm, which is just before the sun sets in the west.  By 7pm the Moon will be almost entirely eclipsed.  But we will still see a small sliver of light on the right-hand side.

Lunar EclipseABC graphic

Look to the east as the Moon rises.  The Moon will be in the constellation of Taurus, the bull.  When the moon darkens as it is eclipsed by the Earth, the constellations around it will appear brighter.  You may even make out the Seven Sisters, the constellation of Pleiades.  The stars will emerge from the darkness just below the almost total lunar eclipse. 

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This partial lunar eclipse will last for about 3 ½ hours, the longest lunar eclipse duration since the 1400’s. 

The Planets

Total Lunar Eclipse on May 26, 2021

The Moon

What is a Total Lunar Eclipse?

During a total lunar eclipse, the earth’s shadow falls across the moon’s face as the earth moves between the moon and the sun, and the moon is completely covered by earth shadow. The moon and the sun will then be lining up on exactly opposite sides of our planet.

This will be a total eclipse of the full moon and will also be a Super Moon which is when the moon is at its closest point to the earth. The moon will pass through the earth’s shadow.  The earth’s shadow is made up of two cone shaped components. The outer shadow is where the earth blocks part of the sun’s rays while the inner shadow, known as the umbra, is where the earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the moon.

According to NASA, if you make a point of watching the event tonight you may be in for a treat.  A total eclipse of the moon can often be a beautiful and interesting event.  There can be a number of secondary phenomena, especially during the time that the moon is entering and then emerging from the earth shadow.   This is why it is called a “Super Flower Blood Moon”.

When to see the Total Lunar Eclipse

The blood moon stage will occur at peak totality, which tonight will be at 11:16 GMT.

Total Lunar Eclipse May 26, 2021

The total lunar eclipse will be fully visible along the East Coast of Australia. The event will begin at 6:47 PM Brisbane time and reach the maximum eclipse at 9:18 PM Brisbane time. The eclipse will finish at 11:49 PM and the total duration will be 5 hours and two minutes.

Try not to miss this exciting and unique event, being a total eclipse of a supermoon, the first since January 2019.


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