You know it won’t just be any “Blood Moon”! The total moon eclipse will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2022, and continue until Monday morning, May 16, 2022. It is also known as a “supermoon” and the first of two “balanced lunar eclipses in four centuries.
These are just a few of the strange facts and more about the “Blood Moon”, total lunar eclipse this weekend.
1. It is the longest prime-time totality this century
Prime time is the period between 8 and 11 p.m., so this eclipse will produce the longest primetime totality of the century for those who are located in the Pacific Time Zone . According to Timeanddate.com.
2. It’s technically a’supermoon.
The total lunar eclipse happens close to the Moon’s perigee, which is the point in space when the Moon is closest to Earth. This will cause the Moon to appear approximately 7% larger than the average. On May 16, 2022 the “Flower Moon” full will be 362,127km (3225,015 miles) from Earth. This makes it technically considered a “supermoon” though the full Moons in June, July, and August are closer.
Although the eclipse is only a visual event, the “supermoon”, Moon’s position will cause a very high and very small perigean Spring tide (a.k.a. A “king tide” is a flood threat to coastal areas.
3. It is a worldwide event that can be seen by half of the planet
An eclipse of the Moon occurs at the same time as moonrises or moonsets, and is therefore not unlike moonsets or moonrises. Either you are on Earth’s night side as the full Moon moves into Earth’s shadow, or you are not.
Here is the celestial schedule of North America for Sunday, May 15, 2022 and Monday, 16, 2022.
- 11:29 p.m. -oo:53 AM EDT Sunday, May 15-16, 2022 (peak at 00:11 AM).
- 10:29-11.53 p.m. CDT Sunday, May 15, 2022 (peak at 11:11 pm.)
- 9:29-10.53 p.m. MDT Sunday May 15, 2022 (peak at 10:11 pm.)
- 8:29-9.53 p.m. PDT Sunday May 15, 2022 (peak at 9:11 pm.)
If you are outside during these times, and the sky is clear, you will see a “Blood Moon”, a magnificent reddish-colored moon.
4. It has a once in 430 years ‘twin eclipse
This year there are two total lunar eclipses. The next one will be on November 8, 2022, 145 days later. It’s odd that this totality also lasts 84 minutes (although it is actually four more seconds). This is quite unusual. It’s actually according Timeanddate.com the most balanced pair lunar eclipses in 430 Years.
5. Europe will be able to see the setting of the “Blood Moon”
The eclipse can be seen from the majority of the Western Hemisphere (including the Lower 48 of America), but half of the Eastern Hemisphere is not able to view it. It is visible only briefly on the western horizon, just before sunrise and moonset in Africa and Western Europe. The BBC Sky at Night shows you how, when, and where to view the total lunar eclipse in the UK.
6. Totality will be both long and dark
Totality will last 84 minutes, as the Moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth. The totality will see the Moon’s northern leg, which is closest to Earth’s shadow, being dark.
7. The ‘Blood Moon” will shine near an orange star
The Moon will appear against the background of stars in the constellation of Libra, “the scales.” Also visible to the Moon’s lower right will be the more prominent stars of Scorpius.
Antares, which is the 15th brightest star in night sky and clearly visible with naked eye as “rival of Mars”, is 600 light-years from Earth. It is approximately 700 times larger than Sun.
8. Bolivia has the best views
Salar de Uyuni, also known as the Bolivian salt flats, will have the “Blood Moon” directly overhead. It covers 4,000 miles/10,000 kilometers. The area with the greatest chance of clear skies is the so-called “sublunar spot” of the eclipse. Scientists use the flat, bright landscape, which is rich in lithium, table salt, and gypsum (from space), to calibrate satellite imagesrs and altimeters. This is a great place to stargaze and, this weekend moongazing.