Supermoon and Total Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon in Australia | 26 May 2021

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Supermoon and Total Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon

On Wednesday 26 May 2021, Australia will get a big surprise with a super flower moon and total lunar eclipse blood moon visible from most of the country. 

If you missed the April pink super moon, don’t worry because this is set to be an even more exciting astronomical event. In a rare celestial event, the super blood moon is coinciding with a total lunar eclipse which means in Adelaide we will be able to see a lunar eclipse while the moon is at its biggest and brightest! It will be approximately 158km closer to earth than the pink moon we saw last month. 

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Photo credit: Marie Gasper

What time to view in Adelaide:

According to Timeanddate.com, these are the times when the blood moon will be visible. The eclipse will last for 13 minutes. 

It’s best to take a look a bit earlier as when the moon is rising, it gives the optical illusion of being bigger. Once the eclipse starts it may be higher in the sky and so will look a bit smaller. 

The Moon is above the horizon during this eclipse, so we are lucky that in Adelaide with good weather conditions, the entire eclipse should be visible.

  • Penumbral Eclipse begins at at 6:17pm 
  • Partial Eclipse begins at 7:14pm 
  • Full Eclipse begins at 8:41pm 
  • Maximum Eclipse 26 May at 8:48pm 
  • Full Eclipse ends at 8:55pm 
  • Partial Eclipse ends at 10:22pm 
  • Penumbral Eclipse ends at 11:19pm 

Is it dangerous to look directly at the eclipse?

No, since the lunar eclipse takes place at night, there are no risks associated with viewing it with unprotected eyes and you can view it through binoculars. 

You can read more about this amazing spectacle on the NASA website.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Timeanddate website.

What:  Supermoon and Total Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon

When:    Wednesday 26 May 2021 | Starts around 6:17pm

Where:   Visible from most of Australia

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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