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Blood red supermoon, total eclipse to wow viewers around globe

Miami, US, May 25 (EFE).- A full moon, at its closest point to Earth, and a total lunar eclipse will coincide Wednesday in a red supermoon visible around the world.

This rare lunar trifecta will make the moon appear blood red for about “a dozen minutes,” said NASA planetary scientist Argentinian Lucas Paganini, who appreciates the opportunity provided by this natural phenomenon to “share the beauty of our skies.”

On Wednesday, the full moon will be at the closest point to Earth this year, making it appear larger and 15 percent brighter than at other times, Paganini said.

The total lunar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon completely passes through the Earth’s shadow, will begin at 08:47 GMT on Wednesday, NASA reported.

The shadow of Earth will darken the Moon, but gradually it will acquire a blood red color due to the reflections of the sun’s rays, as happens with some sunrises and sunsets.

The stages of the eclipse, which lasts from one to two hours, occur simultaneously for everyone who can see the Moon, but times vary depending on time zones.

The total eclipse, the first since January 2019, will be visible especially in the western continental US and Canada, all of Mexico, most of Central America and Ecuador, western Peru and southern Chile and Argentina, according to NASA.

It can also be seen in its entirety in eastern Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii.

Other names for the phenomenon include flower moon, corn planting moon, milk moon and vesak or Buddha Purnima. EFE


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