The Blood Moon total lunar eclipse will happen this weekend and this is the time to watch it.
The sun, moon and Earth will align on Sunday night for a total lunar eclipse on May 15, which occurs as the Earth moves between the sun and the full moon. As a result, the Earth casts a giant shadow on the moon’s surface, giving the moon a striking red color – which is why a lunar eclipse is also known as a blood moon.
Sunday’s full moon is also considered a supermoon, which means it looks larger and brighter than usual because it’s at the closest point to Earth in its orbit, also known as a period.
The total lunar eclipse will be visible from parts of the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the eastern Pacific Ocean. Meanwhile, a circular lunar eclipse, where 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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Depending on your location, a partial lunar eclipse begins May 15 at 10:28pm EDT (0228 GMT May 16). The blood moon will reach peak at 12:11 a.m. EDT (0411 GMT) on May 16 before lunar eclipse ends at 1:55 a.m. EDT (0555 GMT). The eclipse phase will begin about an hour earlier and end about an hour after the partial lunar eclipse, according to TimeandDate.com.
Those lucky enough to be in the eclipse’s path will have to get out early to witness the event. There will also be some YouTube live streams from NASA Science Live, Slooh, and TimeandDate.com.
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NASA Live Stream starts at 9:32pm on May 15 (0132 GMT on May 16). It will include a discussion of lunar eclipses, lunar science, and the agency’s Artemis moon landing program. Slooh, an astronomy learning site, will start their webcast on May 15 at 9:30pm EDT (May 16 0130 GMT). TimeandDate plans to broadcast the entire lunar eclipse, weather permitting, starts at 10pm EDT May 15 (0200 GMT May 16).
This will be the first of two lunar eclipses in 2022. The next will take place on November 8, 2022 and will be visible at least partially from Asia, Australia, North America, and a part of the south. northern and eastern Europe, the Arctic and most of South America, according to TimeandDate.com.
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