Tonight’s “Blood Moon”, a dark, brooding, and strongly orangey event, is upon us! Our natural satellite will pass through Earth’s shadow on Sunday, May 15, 2022.
A total moon eclipse is when the Earth passes exactly between the Sun, the Moon and the Sun. This prevents direct sunlight from reaching the lunar surface. Earth’s atmosphere filters the light to the Moon first.
All of Earth’s sunsets and sunrises are projected onto the moon at once. The Moon will appear orangey-reddish for 1 hour and 24 minutes, just like the sunset on Earth.
Although total lunar eclipses can be spectacular to see with your naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope, they are not all the same.
Because they pass through Earth’s shadow, each one looks different.
A total lunar eclipse is when the full Moon passes through Earth’s shadow of 870,000 miles (1.4 million km) in space. This happens only occasionally and can last anywhere from 105 minutes (like 2018) to five minutes (like 2015).
The totality of 2022 will last 84 minutes as it passes through the shadow portion of the Earth’s southern half. The Moon’s northern leg, which is closest to Earth’s shadow, will therefore be quite dark during totality.
It will also be slightly larger that the average Moon. It’s technically a supermoon, one of the four closest full Mons. The 7% increase in apparent Moon size will not be noticed.
The Earth will completely eclipse the Sun from the Moon’s surface.
Anybody on the Moon would notice a red ring surrounding the Earth’s atmosphere. Everything around them would appear red, and it would get very cold.
It looks amazing from Earth! This is the best astronomy event in the year!