Eclipse🌕

There are 2 solar eclipses and 2 lunar eclipses in the year 2021.

DateEclipse
May 26thLunar Eclipse
June 10thSolar Eclipse
November 18thLunar Eclipse
December 4thSolar Eclipse

Two celestial events occur tomorrow- a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon. The Moon will appear red and will be the first ‘blood moon’ since 2019. The Earth will pass between the Sun and the Moon, casting a shadow across the moon’s surface and making it appear a deep red colour. The entire eclipse will be visible to you if you’re in Eastern Australia and partially visible in many parts of Asia and America. Unfortunately it will not be visible if you’re in Ireland as the Moon is below the horizon during the eclipse.

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During the total lunar eclipse, the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s rays from directly reaching the Moon. During a lunar eclipse, the Earth’s shadow covers the moon. All eclipses happen during a full moon. When the moon is full, it means the sun, Earth, and moon are in alignment. However, there is not an eclipse during every full moon as the moon’s orbit is not perfectly matched up with the Earth.

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In contrast, the solar eclipse takes place when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun to cast a shadow on the Earth blocking the rays of the Sun. A solar eclipse always happen at a new Moon and only when the Sun, Earth and Moon are exactly lined up. A total solar eclipse is the most dramatic. The light from the sun gets blocked by the moon and for a few minutes, the day turns quickly into night.

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This May’s full moon is 2021’s biggest and brightest of the year and this lunar eclipse is expected to last approximately 15 minutes.

Photo of moon taken 26th May at 23:00hrs, Ireland

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