'Blood Moon' Eclipse is Happening on May 26, Here's How to View It

The only lunar eclipse of 2021.
Photo/s: Shutterstock

(Update May 24: Time of the eclipse has been adjusted as per Pagasa's advisory)

If you were enthralled by April's Pink Supermoon, wherein Earth's natural satellite was closer than usual, next month's lunar show is poised to be more dazzling -- a total eclipse will cause it to turn red.

Happening on May 26, the "Super Blood Moon" is the only total lunar eclipse of 2021 and also the year's brightest supermoon. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes in between the Sun and the Moon, causing it to cast a shadow that makes the moon shine a reddish hue. 


LOOK: 'Pink' Supermoon Illuminates Philippine Skies

Today I Learned: What Makes the Moon a Supermoon

Unlike when viewing solar eclipses, no special eye protection or filters are needed for a lunar eclipse. You are free to marvel at the copper-colored moon's sight—as long as you know when to catch it. 

Continue reading below ↓

While the reddening of the Moon will be visible in the whole Philippines, the start of the eclipse will not be visible until it rises above the horizon and the moonrises may vary per place, said advocacy group Earth Shaker.

The eclipse will last for 15 minutes, so here's how you'll be able to catch it in its full glory:

4:47 p.m. -- Penumbral eclipse begins
5:44 p.m. -- Partial eclipse starts
7:18 p.m. -- Greatest eclipse
7:25 p.m. -- Total Eclipse ends
8:52 p.m. -- Partial Eclipse ends
9:49 p.m. -- The Penumbral eclipse ends

Continue reading below ↓
Recommended Videos
Latest Headlines
Recent News