Three phenomena, including a red supermoon, will occur this May 26

Three phenomena including a red supermoon will occur this May 26. The red supermoon “is highest at night and very early in the morn...

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  • Three phenomena including a red supermoon will occur this May 26.
  • The red supermoon “is highest at night and very early in the morning”.
  • NASA reported that this phenomenon would be visible from practically all of Mexico, Central America and the United States.

A full moon, also at its closest point to Earth, and a total lunar eclipse will occur this Wednesday, creating the so-called “red supermoon” also known as the ‘blood moon’, a beautiful spectacle that brings people closer to space exploration and its achievements, as NASA planetary scientist Lucas Paganini explained to EFE.

This rare coincidence of three phenomena or “trifecta”as NASA calls it, which will make the Moon red for “a dozen minutes,” had not happened for about six years, explained in an interview with Efe Paganini, an Argentine from Mendoza who appreciates the opportunity provided by this natural phenomenon to “share the beauty of our skies”.

What is the red supermoon?

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According to Paganini, it is called a red supermoon “because it is the moment when the Moon is closest to the Earth, so it looks a little bigger and brighter than normal,” he reported. CNN.

“One of the reasons why it is also called a ‘blood moon’ is because of its reddish color. This type of moon occurs during total lunar eclipses. When they occur, the Earth is located between the Moon and the Sun, blocking the light of the Sun that is reflected in the Moon ”, explains NASA on its website.

Where will the red supermoon be best seen?

red supermoon
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According to the NASA program scientist, the red supermoon can be seen almost anywhere in the world, as long as the sky is clear. “Like all full moons, the supermoon rises in the east around sunset and sets in the west around sunrise. It is highest in the evening hours and very early in the morning, ”NASA said.

However, the lunar eclipse will not be visible everywhere. Paganini indicated that Mexicans will be one of the lucky few who will be able to witness this phenomenon since it will be visible in practically all of Mexico. Likewise, it will also be seen in the south of Argentina, in the south of Chile, in the coastal zone of Peru and Ecuador, in the US. west of the Mississippi River and also in Central America, especially in the countries closest to Mexico.

Full moon will be at the closest point to Earth

red supermoon
Photo: Twitter.

The “red supermoon” allows the scientific community to bring the general public closer to space missions, especially the Artemis program that plans to return to the Moon in 2024, this time with the first woman and also establish a permanent presence on the satellite of the Land.

This Wednesday, the full moon will be at the closest point to Earth this year, which is known as the “supermoon.” This closeness makes it appear larger and 15% brighter than at other times, Paganini said.

When will the phenomenon start?

Total eclipse. Photo: Shutterstock

The total lunar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon completely passes through the Earth’s shadow, will begin at 08.46 GMT on Wednesday, with the Moon entering the darkest part of the shadow at 09.45 GMT, NASA reported.

The shadow of the Earth will thus darken the Moon, but gradually the satellite will acquire an oxidized or blood red color due to the reflections of the Sun’s rays, as happens with some early mornings and sunsets on the planet.

First eclipse since January 2019

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The stages of the eclipse, which lasts from one to two hours, occur simultaneously for everyone who can see the Moon, but the actual times of the clock depend on your time zone.

The total eclipse, the first since January 2019, will be visible especially in the western continental United States and Canada, all of Mexico, most of Central America and Ecuador, western Peru and southern Chile and Argentina, according to the NASA aerospace agency. It can also be seen in its entirety in eastern Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii.

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