When will the next eclipse occur? A total lunar eclipse, also known as the “Blood Moon”, will be visible from North America and South America. It will also be visible in the early hours Monday, May 16th, 2022.
The event will see a larger than usual full Moon, May’s “Flower Moon”, enter Earth’s shadow for an incredible 84 minutes. It will turn an eerie dark copper-reddish hue as it does.
This is everything you need about the “Super Flower Blood Moon Eclipse”, also known as the total lunar Eclipse. It includes exactly when, where, and how to view it from North America.
What is a total lunar Eclipse ‘Blood Moon‘?
A total lunar eclipse is when the full Moon passes through Earth’s shadow in space. The New Moon orbits around the Sun each month, passing roughly between the Earth’s shadow and the Sun. These alignments can cause either a lunar or solar eclipse if they are exact.
The ecliptic is the Moon’s apparent path through the daytime sky. It’s how the Moon’s orbit is named. A New Moon does not always eclipse the Sun, and/or a full Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow (a complete lunar eclipse).
Why is the total lunar eclipse so perfectly timed
It will be the first total lunar eclipse in two years and it will be viewed entirely by the eastern half. The totality phase, when the full Moon turns reddish, will be visible in the western part of North America. However, it will be a prime Sunday evening event. It will take place between 8:29 and 9:53 PM PDT/MST and 9:29 to 10:53 PM MDT. Timeanddate.com is a credit for spotting that it was the longest prime time eclipse of the century in that area of the world.
Totality in Europe and Africa occurs at the same time as sunrise and moonset on Monday May 16th. Therefore, observers will need to get up very early to see the west.
Where is total lunar eclipse Blood Moon’?
This interactive Google Map shows the eclipse. It takes place on the night side of Earth at the same time global time. This shifts to the west during the eclipse. Those living near the eastern edge (Europe and Africa) will only see a small portion of the eclipse before the Moon sets.
When will the total lunar eclipse be ‘Blood Moon?
Here are the times you should be outside. However, it is possible to view the Moon partially eclipsed about an hour prior to and after. If you are only looking to get outside for a short time, this is the best time to go.
- 11:29 p.m. -oo:53 am. EDT on Sunday, May 15, 2022 (max. Totality at 00.11 a.m.
- 10:29-11.53 p.m. CST on Sunday, May 15, 2022 (max. Totality at 11:11 pm.
- 9:29-10.53 p.m. MDT on Sunday, May 15, 2022 (max. Totality at 10:11 PM.
- 8:29-9.53 p.m. PDT Sunday May 15, 2022 (max. Totality at 9:11 PM.
Why is the ‘Blood Moon” reddish
The Moon’s long journey through Earth’s shadow will see only one light reach its surface. It will have to first pass through Earth’s atmosphere. This makes it red. The Sun’s short-wavelength blue light hits Earth’s molecules and scatters. However, the longer-wavelength orange and red light travels straight through and strikes fewer molecules. The dominant color of the Moon’s light for this short period will be red.
Physics is the same for sunrise or sunset. The lunar eclipse is actually like a thousand sunsets or sunrises projected onto the lunar surface.