Total lunar eclipse of May 26, 2021

Total lunar eclipse of May 26, 2021

The Earth will pass between the Moon and Sun from 09:45 to 12:52 UTC on May 26, 2021, creating a total lunar eclipse -- visible from eastern Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas.

The total eclipse will last from 11:12 until 11:26 -- with the greatest eclipse at 11:18 UTC. This is 0.4 days after the Moon reaches perigee. 

During this eclipse, the Moon will be in the constellation of Scorpius. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has Brown Lunation Number of 1217, according to eclipse specialist Fred Espenak.

The eclipse belongs to the Saros 121 and is number 55 of 82 eclipses in the series. 

All eclipses in this series occur at the Moon’s descending node. The Moon moves northward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma increases.

"This is a very shallow total eclipse," Espenak said. "It has an umbral eclipse magnitude of only 1.0095 and a duration of totality lasting 14.5 minutes. Gamma has a value of 0.4774."

The eclipse is followed two weeks later by an annular solar eclipse on June 10, 2021.

Image and tables courtesy Fred Espenak

If you live in a region where the eclipse will not be visible, you can still see it at Virtual Telescope. Their live feed starts at 10:00 UTC. 

Featured image credit: Giuseppe Donatiello, TW


Jamal Shrair 26 days ago

OUR MISUNDERSTOOD MOON..........It is generally accepted that humans have already landed on the Moon. In fact, several people considered to have walked on the Moon, twelve of them to be specific and four of them are still living. In spite of this general belief, the Moon is still misunderstood just like the Sun. And, I would like to emphasize that the physical correlation between the Moon and the Earth is a magnetic correlation not gravitational one, exactly like the physical correlation between the Sun and the Earth. However, the misunderstanding of the Moon can be clearly seen in the phenomenon of the tides. According to, current paradigm, the Moon's gravity is the cause of tidal movements in our largest bodies of water. This opinion is accepted and considered to be a scientific view, although it contradicts the law that the theory of the tides is based on. In other words, Newton’s law of universal gravitation states that the gravitational attraction between two bodies is directly proportional to their masses, and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the bodies. And, since the tidal forces are based on the gravitational attractive force, Newton’s law has to be respected, but that is not the case. The tidal generating forces are assumed to vary inversely as the cube of the distance from the tide generating object. Mainstream science cannot provide any rational reason why the tidal generating forces are vary inversely as the cube of the distance rather than to the square of the distance. Theoreticians came up with this idea when it was realized that the phenomenon of the tides cannot be explained using the influence of the Moon's gravity or rather using the concept of the gravitational attraction as inversely proportional to the square of the distance. The Sun is more than 27 million times larger than the Moon, and the Sun's gravitational attraction to the Earth is more than 177 times greater than that of the moon to the Earth. Thus, the only thing the theoreticians can do to find an explanation to the phenomenon of the tides, is to assume that the distance between the two objects is more critical than their masses and of course they could play with the distance factor, but not with the masses. In physical reality, however, the phenomenon of the tides is caused by the increasing strength of Moon's magnetic field. Now, the question that follows, is how the magnetic field of the moon is increasing and decreasing? And, what is causing it to do so? The Moon can be considered as giant capacitor, because the side facing the Sun (Sunlit side) is positively charged, while the far side is negatively charged. The charging of the Moon increases when it passes through Earth’s magnetic tail and during solar storms when it is struck by high energy particles from the Sun. However, it is well known in the electric engineering that when the charge on a capacitor increases, a displacement current is set up between the plates that produces magnetic field as a result-in my understanding increasing the magnetic field not producing it-. That means when the Moon is fully charged a very strong magnetic field will be generated. This temporary and strong magnetic field has big impacts on Earth's magnetic field, especially during a lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are exactly in a line, with the Sun and Moon on opposite sides of the Earth. Keep in mind, that a lunar eclipse doesn’t take place every full moon, because the moon’s orbit around the earth is inclined with respect to Earth’s orbit around the sun. But, a lunar eclipse can only occur during the full moon, when the moon is crossing the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the sun. In the next a few days we will have a lunar eclipse and it is going to take place during a time when Earth's magnetic field is in a transition period and continuously weakening. Thus, the impact of this coming lunar eclipse on Earth’s magnetic field will be serious to say the least. We already experiencing massive increase in geological activity and extra stress on Earth's magnetic field can only make the situation worse. Jamal S. Shrair, PhD, dissident scientist and founder of the Helical Universe

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