Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon today

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The Moon, the Earth and the Sun will line up this morning for the only total lunar eclipse of this year and the next. At the same time, Earth will also witness a supermoon as the satellite will be closer to the planet. The moon will appear slightly bigger and brighter than usual.

The eclipse will begin with the partial phase around 9:04 AM (Indian Standard Time). Totality, when Earth's shadow completely blankets the moon, will last 62 minutes, beginning at 10:11 am. During totality, the moon will look red, also known as a blood moon, because of sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere. This total lunar eclipse is the 18th total lunar eclipse since 2001.

If the skies are clear, the entire eclipse will be visible in North and South America, as well as Greenland, Iceland, United Kingdom, and in most parts of Europe. Africa will have partial viewing before the moon sets. The Indian subcontinent will not be able to view the phenomenon. (AIR)