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Don’t miss the only total lunar eclipse of 2021

A total solar eclipse won’t appear over North America until 2024, but there are other eclipses to look forward to between now and then. The fastest will be on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. On that day, a total lunar eclipse will be easily visible from the western half of the continent. Here’s what you need to know to watch the heavenly event.

WHAT IS A TOTAL LUNAR Eclipse?

Unlike a solar eclipse, you do not need special glasses to view this spectacle at the end of May. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes perfectly between the moon and the sun and casts a shadow on the satellite. This gives the moon a darker, almost reddish hue. The color is so striking that lunar eclipses are sometimes referred to as “blood moons.