By BIN Staff | 01:56 PM May 26, 2021
A total lunar eclipse and a supermoon will grace the Philippine skies tonight- the event melds two somewhat rare astronomical phenomena into one.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the supermoon, which occur when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth, will be brighter and larger than a normal full moon, thus the term supermoon.
The moon, meanwhile, will also have a reddish hue due to the total lunar eclipse.
The tint will come from the sunlight filtering through the Earth’s atmosphere, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), so it can be referred to as a “blood moon.”
The total lunar eclipse is expected to start at 4:47 p.m. and end at 9:49 p.m., while the “greatest eclipse” happens at 7:18 p.m.
It will be the first total lunar eclipse since January 2019.
The state weather bureau said this astronomical event is completely safe to watch. No special glasses needed, unlike the last total eclipse of the sun.
Binoculars could improve the viewing and make the red coloration of the moon appear more vibrant, it said.
Pagasa will also be streaming the event on its Facebook and YouTube pages — live from its observatory in Quezon City.