Another full moon, the second of the current year and the most impressive, took place early Wednesday morning, May 26th.
Again, the Moon approached the Earth, and the natural satellite of our planet began to appear larger than usual. In fact, the supermoon will almost coincide with a total lunar eclipse, the only one in 2021, which, however, will not be visible from Greece.
This full moon is traditionally known to the American Indians as the “Flower Moon” because it occurs in mid-spring when plants are in full bloom. The full moon will peak shortly after noon on Wednesday 26 May. However, a few hours earlier, on the night of Tuesday May 25 (approximately 04:30 Greek time) to May 26, the Moon was at its closest distance to Earth (357,311 km).
The second supermoon of 2021, which is considered more impressive than the first, because the Moon is closer to Earth by about 157 kilometers. The next, third and final of the 2021 supermoons, which will be less impressive than the second, will take place on June 24th.
The total phase of the eclipse will last 14.5 minutes. The total duration of the cosmic phenomenon will be 5 hours 2 minutes. At the time of the eclipse, the Moon will be in the constellation Scorpio above its main star Antares.
According to NASA, the total eclipse on May 26 will only be visible from the Pacific Ocean and parts of East Asia, Japan, Australia-New Zealand, Central, South and Northwest America.
The next rare astronomical event will be the annular solar eclipse on June 10. Such an eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far from Earth to completely cover the solar disk, creating a “ring” of sunlight around the dark Moon. This eclipse will be partially visible from Europe.