Supermoon eclipse greets the sunrise in Havana

Supermoon eclipse greets the sunrise in Havana


Text and photos: Mercy Ramos

This Wednesday, Havana woke up differently because the moon, which normally emits a whitish clarity, was dressed in red for the first eclipse of the four that can be observed this year.

The second will be an annular solar eclipse on June 10, the third will be lunar on November 18, while the fourth will occur on December 4 and will be sunny. The one that occurred on May 26 was a Supermoon or "blood moon" that occurs when the full moon coincides with its closest approach to planet earth.

This occurs because the orbit of the moon is elliptical and one side is about 50 thousand km further from Earth than the other, that is closer.

This time the Moon was reddish, because the sunlight did not reach it directly, which is known as the "blood moon." The total eclipse lasted 15 minutes and in Cuba only the first half could be partially observed, between 6 and 6 and 40 in the morning. 

In other regions such as Central America and eastern South America it was not fully visible, while it could be observed in the eastern part of some Asian countries and in Oceania. 

The Supermoon of this Wednesday is also called "Supermoon of the flowers", because it takes place when the plants begin to bloom in the spring of the northern hemisphere and occurs only every 30 months.

Throughout the ages, numerous myths and legends have been woven about eclipses, since ancient civilizations had no explanation for these phenomena.

In ancient China, it was believed that they occurred when demons or animals ate up the Sun and the Moon. For the Incas of South America these phenomena were considered as a sign of anger of Inti, the all-powerful god of the Sun and so many other myths. Today it is known why these phenomena occur, nothing more than natural events of the cosmos, that always attract everyone's curiosity.

However, I urge you to think that this time they will bring us luck and strength to defeat COVID-19, which has affected all of humanity for more than a year.