When does an eclipse take place? An eclipse takes place when one heavenly body such as a moon or planet moves into the shadow of another heavenly body. On Earth, we can experience two kinds of eclipses: solar eclipses and lunar eclipses.
There are three kinds of lunar eclipses: total, partial, and penumbral. A total lunar eclipse occurs when Earth’s umbra covers the Moon’s entire surface. A partial lunar eclipse occurs when only part of the Moon’s surface is obscured by Earth’s umbra.
When the Moon travels through the faint penumbral portion of Earth’s shadow a penumbral lunar eclipse happens. At least two partial lunar eclipses happen every year, but total lunar eclipses are rare. However, in 2021 we are going to witness a total lunar eclipse.
May 2021 total lunar eclipse: Date
The first total lunar Eclipse of 2021 will occur on May 26 and as per timeanddate.com, the total lunar eclipse would begin at 2:17 pm in India and end at 7:19 pm.
May 2021 total lunar eclipse: Visibility
The first Lunar Eclipse of 2021 will be visible in South Asia, East Asia, Australia, much of North America, South America, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and Antarctica.
Last lunar eclipse of 2021
The last lunar eclipse of 2021 will occur on November 18-19. This would be a Partial Lunar Eclipse. It would be visible in much of Europe, much of Asia, Australia, North Africa, West Africa, North America, South America, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the Arctic.
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