The moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow in a total lunar eclipse during the night of May 15th and 16th, the first Blood Moon of 2022, but if bad weather ruins your view, you’ll have options to watch it live online.
This will give you the chance to watch the Full Moon of Flowers experience a total lunar eclipse as the moon moves into Earth’s shadow. The eclipse will be visible in full phase from parts of the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the eastern Pacific. A penumbral eclipse (where the edge of the Earth’s shadow will fall on the moon) is visible in New Zealand, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
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While the timing depends on where you’re looking at the sky, TimeandDate.com says the partial eclipse phase of the lunar eclipse begins on May 15 at 10:28 pm EDT (0228 GMT on May 16). It will reach the peak of the Blood Moon in shades of red on May 16 at 12:11 pm EDT (0411 GMT). Then the event ends at 1:55 am EDT (0555 GMT). Note that the penumbral eclipse will begin about an hour before and end about an hour after the partial eclipse.
Eclipse scientist Fred Espenak has listed the May 15 full moon as the so-called supermoon, in which the full moon is at perigee (closest to Earth of the month), making it a Super Blood Moon eclipse.
Read on for details on the webcasts we’ve encountered so far, but be aware that all are subject to good weather in their respective viewing locations. We will add more as they are announced, so please check back as we get closer to the event.
If you’re hoping to photograph the moon or want to prepare your gear for the total lunar eclipse, check out our best astrophotography cameras and best astrophotography lenses. Read our guides on how to photograph a lunar eclipse as well as how to photograph the moon with a camera for some helpful tips for planning your lunar photo shoot.
NASA Science Live Blood Moon webcast
NASA’s Science Live YouTube broadcast, which you can also view above, will begin at 9:32 pm on May 15 (0132 GMT on May 16).
“Join NASA experts to learn about this incredible natural phenomenon, observe telescope views across the world, and hear about plans to return humans to the lunar surface with the Artemis program,” the agency said in a description. “Have questions? Ask them in our live chat.”
Slooh Flower Moon Lunar Eclipse Webcast
The remotely operated online telescopic astronomy service Slooh will host its own webcast, which you can also view above on YouTube, starting May 15 at 9:30 pm EDT (May 16 0130 GMT).
“Online Telescope experts will be on hand to explain this spectacular sight from the beginning of the penumbral phase, through the partial phase, and then the beautiful full phase that lasts 1 hour and 19 minutes,” said Slooh.
While this stream is open to everyone, a members-only Star Party is also available on Discord after full. You can learn how to sign up for Slooh to participate at Slooh.com.
Total Lunar Eclipse Webcast TimeandDate.com
The time zone website TimeandDate.com will host its own YouTube stream, also available below, starting at 10pm EDT May 15 (0200 GMT May 16). There will be live chat available during the eclipse.
“Our live coverage is the perfect companion for this eclipse, whether visible from your location or not. Follow the eclipse from start to finish with us here,” the company said.
TimeandDate.com has a special Blood Moon May 2022 page for the lunar eclipse, where the site is sharing observation tips and other information.
Griffith Observatory Total Lunar Eclipse Webcast
Los Angeles’ famous Griffith Observatory will host a live lunar eclipse observation party on May 15 in its own Blood Moon webcast from the historic observatory.
The observatory’s webcast will begin at 10:35 pm EDT (0235 GMT) and end at 3:50 am EDT (0750 GMT), according to the observatory. If you are in the Pacific time zone, this is from 7:35pm to 11:50pm. On Tuesday, May 16, the Griffith Observatory will share a full time-lapse video of the lunar eclipse on its YouTube channel.
Virtual Telescope Supermoon Total Eclipse Webcast
The Online Virtual Telescope Project will host a Total Supermoon Eclipse webcast at 9:15 pm EDT (0215 GMT) with views across the visibility region.
Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi of the Project will host the Ceccano eclipse in Italy. You can follow it live on the project’s YouTube page or directly on the event’s streaming website.
The webcast will include imager and the following astrophotographers, according to Masi:
- astrophotographer: Gianluca Masi (Rome, Italy);
- astrophotographer: John W. Johnson (Nebraska, USA)
- astrophotographer: Joaquin Fabrega Polleri (Panama);
- astrophotographer: Chris Curwin (Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada);
- astrophotographer: Fernando Rodriguez (Florida, USA);
- astrophotographer: Jim Thompson (Ottawa Valley Astronomy & Observers Group, Canada);
- astrophotographer: Gary Varney (Florida, USA);
- astrophotographer: Karim Jaffer (Montreal Centre, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada);
- coordinator and live commentary: astrophysicist Gianluca Masi (The Virtual Telescope Project, Italy).
Editor’s Note: If you take an amazing lunar eclipse photo (or your own eclipse webcast) and would like to share it with Space.com readers, please send your photo(s), comments, and your name and location to [email protected] space.com.