You can watch a lunar eclipse turn the Flower Moon red on May 15 or 16, depending on your location, and it’s even streamed online if you can’t see it in person.
This will be the first of just two lunar eclipses in 2022, and the only one visible to people in North America this year, so don’t miss what happens when the new moon passes into Earth’s shadow.
Depending on where you are, the eclipse can be total or penumbral; the latter happens when only the edge of the Earth’s shadow falls on the moon. At least part of the fully eclipsed moon phase will be visible from parts of the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the eastern Pacific, while those of New Zealand, Eastern Europe and the Middle East will be treated with the penumbral eclipse.
The partial eclipse officially begins on May 15 at 10:28 pm EDT (0228 GMT on May 16), according to TimeandDate.com. The so-called Blood Moon (total phase) of the eclipse will peak at 12:11 am EDT (0411 GMT), with the eclipse ending at 1:55 am EDT (0555 GMT). The penumbral eclipse will begin and end about an hour after the partial eclipse.
Lunar eclipses are completely safe to observe with the naked eye or with binoculars or a telescope. Also unlike solar eclipses, they tend to last several hours, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the show. That said, if the weather is unpredictable or you can’t easily view the eclipse in your area, there are webcasts available to help.
NASA Science Live plans a YouTube broadcast starting at 9:32 pm EDT on May 15 (0132 GMT May 16), which includes a live chat and discussion of the agency’s Artemis moon landing program for astronauts.
Further YouTube streams are available with the Slooh astronomy webcaster starting at 9:30 pm EDT (May 16 0130 GMT) and with TimeandDate.com half an hour later starting at 10 pm EDT May 15 (0200 GMT May 16). Slooh will broadcast the totality phase, before switching to a members-only Discord channel, while TimeandDate.com plans to show the entire eclipse, weather permitting.
The next and final lunar eclipse of 2022 will occur on November 8, 2022. It will be visible at least partially in Asia, Australia, North America, northern and eastern parts of Europe, the Arctic and most of South America.
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