Japan witnesses total eclipse of supermoon

Kyodo -- May 27
Residents of Japan were able to catch a glimpse of a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday evening for the first time in almost three years, made extra special as it also coincided with the latest supermoon for the country.

Skygazers were treated to a rare celestial show lasting around 20 minutes, with the full eclipse beginning from 8:09 p.m. and visible in areas with clear skies. According to the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the shadow of the Earth started eclipsing the Moon at 6:44 p.m.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, blocking the Sun's rays from directly reaching the natural satellite.

As the Earth's atmosphere acts like a lens, the Moon will not be blacked out but appear in different shades ranging from bright orange to a darkish tint, depending on conditions such as atmospheric dust.

The next time a total lunar eclipse will be visible in Japan will be Nov. 8, 2022.

- Kyodo

2021年5月26日(水)夜、日本全国で約3年ぶりに皆既月食が見られました。皆既月食は、月が地球の影に完全に隠されて、赤黒く変色した満月が見られる天体現象です。 - TBS NEWS