The total lunar eclipse of the Blood Moon will occur this weekend, and here’s when to watch it.
The Sun, Moon, and Earth will align Sunday night for a total lunar eclipse on May 15, which occurs when the Earth moves into place between the Sun and the full moon. As a result, the Earth casts a giant shadow on the lunar surface, giving the moon a striking reddish hue, which is why lunar eclipses are also called blood moons.
Sunday’s full moon is also considered a supermoon, meaning it appears larger and brighter than usual because it is at the closest point in its orbit to Earth, also known as perigee.
The total lunar eclipse will be visible from parts of America, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the Eastern Pacific. In the meantime, a penumbral eclipse, when the outer part of the Earth’s shadow covers the Moon, will be visible in New Zealand, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
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Super Blood Moon Eclipse
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Depending on your location, the partial lunar eclipse will begin on May 15 at 10:28 pm EDT (02:28 GMT May 16). The Blood Moon will peak at 04:11 EST (0411 GMT) on May 16 before the lunar eclipse ends at 1:55 AM EST (05:55 GMT). According to TimeandDate.com, the penumbral lunar phase of the eclipse will start about an hour earlier and end about an hour after the partial eclipse.
Spectators lucky enough to be in the path of the lunar eclipse will have to get outside early to witness the event. Several live streams from NASA Science Live, Slooh and TimeandDate.com will also be available on YouTube.
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The NASA live stream will begin at 21:32 on May 15 (01:32 GMT on May 16). It will include discussion of eclipses, lunar science, and the agency’s Artemis moon landing program. Slooh, a website dedicated to the study of astronomy, will begin its webcast on May 15 at 21:30 ET (May 16, 01:30 GMT). TimeandDate plans to broadcast the total lunar eclipse, weather permitting, starting at 10:00 pm EDT on May 15 (02:00 GMT on May 16).
This will be the first of two lunar eclipses in 2022. The next eclipse will occur on November 8, 2022 and will be visible at least partially from Asia, Australia, North America, parts of northern and eastern Europe, the Arctic and most of South America, according to TimeandDate.com.
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