A total lunar eclipse of the Blood Moon will take place this weekend, and here’s when to watch it.
The sun, moon, and earth align on Sunday night for a a total lunar eclipse on May 15thwhich occurs when the Earth moves to a place between the Sun and full moon. As a result, the Earth casts a giant shadow on the surface of the Moon, giving month bright reddish hue – so lunar eclipses are also called bloody months.
Sunday full moon is also considered a supermoonwhich means it looks bigger and brighter than usual because it is closest to Earth in its orbit, also known as the perigee.
A total lunar eclipse will be visible from parts of America, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the eastern Pacific. Meanwhile, a partial eclipse, where the outer shadow of the earth covers the moon, will be visible in New Zealand, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
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Depending on your location, a partial lunar eclipse starts May 15 at 22:28 EDT (02:28 GMT May 16). The Blood Moon will reach its own peak at 12:11 a.m. EDT (4:11 a.m. GMT) May 16 before the lunar eclipse ends at 1:55 AM EDT (5:55 AM GMT). Friday phase of the moon the eclipse will begin about an hour earlier and end about an hour after the partial eclipse, according to TimeandDate.com.
Spectators who were lucky enough to find themselves on the path of a lunar eclipse will have to go outside early to witness the event. Live broadcasts will also be available on YouTube NASA Science Live, Like and TimeandDate.com.
NASA live broadcast start at 21:32 on May 15 (01:32 GMT on May 16). It will include a discussion of eclipses, lunar science and the Artemis landing program on the moon agency. Slooh, the astronomy learning website, will will begin its webcast on May 15 at 9:30 p.m. EDT (May 16 1:30 AM GMT). TimeandDate plans to broadcast the entire lunar eclipse, weather permitting, start at 22:00 EDT May 15 (02:00 GMT May 16).
This will be the first of two lunar eclipses in 2022. The next one will take place on November 8, 2022 and will be seen, at least in part, 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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