Supermoon will coincide with a total eclipse on Wednesday: how to see in Russia

Supermoon will coincide with a total eclipse on Wednesday: how to see in Russia

On May 26, 2021, three astronomical events associated with the Moon will occur at once: perigee, full moon and total eclipse of the moon. This means that on May 26, we will see the Supermoon – the largest moon of 2021. And not just the Supermoon, but the total eclipse of the Supermoon.

Supermoon is the moment when the Moon approaches the Earth at a distance closer than 362,000 km, and the moments of the passage of perigee and full moon are no more than 3 days apart. Supermoons happen every year, but close coincidences of these two moments (perigee and full moon) are rare.

So, on May 26, 2021, from 12:45 to 15:53 ​​Moscow time, there will be a total eclipse of the moon, visible in the Russian Far East. The moon, during its orbital motion at 14:19 Moscow time, will plunge into the northern part of the earth’s shadow at 1.0095 lunar diameter. The total phase of the lunar eclipse will last 14.5 minutes. The moon during the eclipse will be in the constellation Scorpio above its main star, Antares.

As noted by Roskomnadzor, the eclipse of the Moon on May 26, 2021 or its partial phases can be seen wherever during the eclipse (from 11:48 to 16:50 Moscow time) the Moon will be above the horizon. The eclipse is observed from the following geographic regions: East Asia, Australia, Pacific Ocean, America.

Full, partial and penumbra phases will be visible on the west coast of North America, the Pacific Ocean, Indonesia, Australia, on the east coast of Asia, in Russia (in the southeast of Siberia and the Far East).

For most of Russia, this lunar eclipse will occur in the daytime. Residents of the Khabarovsk and Primorsky Territories, residents of the Kamchatka and Chukotka peninsulas and adjacent territories will be able to see the short total phase of the eclipse in the evening. For example, in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the total eclipse phase will occur at 23:19 local time. A little further to the west, it will be possible to see only the decreasing partial phases of the eclipse. At the latitude of Moscow, an eclipse of the Moon will not be observed.

Supermoon will coincide with a total eclipse on Wednesday: how to see in Russia

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