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“The real action begins when the Moon starts to disappear as it enters the umbra at about 2:45 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, on May 26, 2021.”
— NASA Scientific Visualization Studio
NASA Scientific Visualization Studio: “On May 26, 2021, during early morning in the western Americas, the Moon enters the Earth’s shadow, creating a total lunar eclipse, the first in almost two and a half years. The above animation shows the changing appearance of the Moon as it travels into and out of the Earth’s shadow, along with times at various stages in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Residents in the Pacific time zone are best situated to see this total lunar eclipse that will turn the full moon a reddish-orange color.
The penumbra is the part of the Earth’s shadow where the Sun is only partially covered by the Earth. The umbra is where the Sun is completely hidden. The Moon’s appearance isn’t affected much by the penumbra. The real action begins when the Moon starts to disappear as it enters the umbra at about 2:45 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time in the early morning of May 26, 2021. An hour and a half later, entirely within the umbra, the Moon is a ghostly copper color. For this relatively shallow eclipse, totality lasts only 15 minutes before the Moon begins to emerge from the central shadow.” See: NSVS:
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