The Moon will enter Earth’s shadow today (May 16), turning completely red in some places as sunlight refracts around the moon like a prism and illuminates. its lunar surface. So you won’t want to miss the first of two lunar eclipses in 2022.
In areas of total visibility in the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the eastern Pacific Ocean, the big event officially begins with a partial solar eclipse on Sunday (May 15). ) at 10:28 p.m. EDT (0228 GMT on Monday, May 16), according to TimeandDate.com. You should see the top of the Blood Moon around 12:11 a.m. EDT (0411 GMT), with the eclipse ending at 1:55 a.m. EDT (0555 GMT).
A partial eclipse, which occurs when the moon enters the edge of the Earth’s shadow, will begin and end about an hour after the partial lunar eclipse. You can catch the event in New Zealand, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. In these regions, the moon will not completely darken or turn red, but you will see shadows on its surface under the right conditions.
If you’re lucky enough to live under a solar eclipse, here are some tips to get the most out of the event. Try to get out at least 20 minutes before you want to see the scene, to adjust to darker conditions. Staying away from bright lights helps, if that’s possible.
If you want to bring binoculars, telescopes, or cameras, try to prepare them a few hours in advance to prevent fogging. It’s good to practice using your device before the eclipse so you’re ready for the big moment.
After that, enjoying the event is as simple as dressing appropriately for the conditions and gazing at the moon for as long as you like. Unlike a solar eclipse, you don’t need to worry about eye safety equipment, and the event will also last a lot longer.
If the eclipse cannot be seen in your area, if the weather conditions are bad or you are unable to go outside, an alternative for those with a strong Internet connection is to watch the eclipse via a live broadcast. next. We know of at least three places where you can watch the event unfold.
NASA Science Live has a YouTube broadcast starting at 9:32pm on May 15 (0132 GMT on May 16). The broadcast will explain how solar eclipses work, NASA’s lunar research, and the Artemis moon landing program for astronauts.
Two other YouTube webcasts are set to start half an hour apart: Slooh will start at 9:30pm EDT (May 16 0130 GMT) and TimeandDate.com will start at 10pm EDT May 15 (0200 GMT May 16). Note that Slooh will only show the overall period, before moving to a members-only Discord channel, while TimeandDate.com plans to show the entire event if conditions permit.
The second (and last) lunar eclipse of this year will take place on November 8, 2022. It will be visible from at least partly from Asia, Australia, North America, a northern part. and eastern Europe, the Arctic and most of South America. Our sister site, Space.com, also has more eclipses in the future.
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