Pune: The Moon had the nearest approach to Earth on Wednesday, May 26. Therefore, it appears to be the closest and largest Full Moon or “supermoon” of 2021.
The celestial event coincided with the year’s only total lunar eclipse, the first time since January 2019. Significantly, a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse have not been witnessed together in almost six years.
A total lunar eclipse was visible in many parts of the world. In scientific words, on Wednesday, the Moon had entered Earth’s shadow — and, when the Moon is not in our planet’s shade, it appears even bigger and brighter than usual.
According to NASA, a lunar eclipse is sometimes called a “blood moon”, but the real source of the red colour is quite gentle. It is the light that is filtered through all the sunrises and sunsets on Earth.