The Blood Moon lunar eclipse sweeps over densely populated areas in the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, and Africa on Sunday (May 15) and Monday (May 16).
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moves into the shadow or deeper of the Earth. When the sun’s light is refracted around the edges of our planet’s atmosphere, red shines onto the moon’s surface.
The big event kicks off 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. The Blood Moon peaks 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 Earth’s shadow, begins and ends about an hour after a partial lunar eclipse in New Zealand, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. This creates a more subtle effect, as the Earth’s bright shadow falls on the moon, which is only visible under certain conditions.
The red color is very apparent in this photo taken by Robyn and Mike Morris from San Bruno, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico.
From Houston, reader Rukhsar Mahmood captured the moon just before it began to be covered in Earth’s shadow.
“Wonderful experience,” Mahmood wrote. “I enjoyed watching the moon look so big at night, and it started to get smaller. Then it started to be covered by this red/black shield, and gradually, the whole moon was covered. and the moonlight is no longer visible.”
You can check out the haunting image of the moon below.
The full rosy color of the Blood Moon was captured in this reader photo from Gregg Collins of Bend, Oregon.
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Brighton, UK 4.10am #LunarEclipse pic.twitter.com/aGvWU5pMY0May 16, 2022
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#LunarEclipse as seen from #Venice #Italy pic.twitter.com/cFtoe16pejMay 16, 2022
The second (and last) lunar eclipse this year will take place on November 8, 2022 with at least part visible from Asia, Australia, North America, and parts of the north and east. Europe, the Arctic and most of South America. Our sister site, Space.com, also has more eclipses in the future.
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