The first total lunar eclipse of the year will occur on May 26th this year. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moves into the Earth's shadow and sunlight cannot reach the moon. A total lunar eclipse is also known as a blood moon. This is due to the reddish tinge that appears on the moon during a lunar eclipse. It occurs as a result of light from the Earth's sunrise and sunset falling on the moon's surface. Light waves turn red as they are stretched out. It will be the first since the 21st of January, 2019.
On Wednesday night, May 26, the full moon will be closest to Earth. The first total lunar eclipse of 2021 will be visible in East Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas. Some parts of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans will also be able to see it. In India, the eclipse will not be visible. It will begin at somewhere around 2:17 p.m. IST and will last until 4:56 p.m. The eclipse will be at its peak at around 4:49 p.m. IST.
This year, stargazers will witness two lunar eclipses and two solar eclipses.
The next eclipse will be a partial lunar eclipse, which will occur on November 19th. A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, but the three do not appear in a straight line in space, and only a small portion of the moon is covered by the Earth's shadow. On the other hand, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth. The Moon completely blocks the Sun and casts a shadow over Earth. In 2021, solar eclipses will occur on June 10 and December 4.