Total lunar eclipse: How to watch the rare “Super Blood Moon of Venus” on Sunday

A stunning full moon will appear over the night sky on Sunday night. Not only represents a file Super Moonbut also a blood moon – Thanks to the lunar eclipse.

The last total lunar eclipse occurred a year ago, on May 26, 2021. If the weather was clear, millions of sky watchers in the Americas, Europe and Africa would be able to witness the total lunar eclipse on the night of May 15-16.

What is a blood moon?

According to NASA, a blood moon It occurs during a total lunar eclipse, when the Earth is placed directly between the moon and the sun, obscuring the moon from sunlight.

During totality, the moon will be a faint reddish glow, as red waves of sunlight stream through our planet’s lunar atmosphere. At various moments during an eclipse, it may also appear to take on shades of orange, yellow, or brown.

“When this happens, the only light that reaches the surface of the moon comes from the edges of the Earth’s atmosphere,” the space agency explains. “Air particles from Earth’s atmosphere dissipate most of the blue light. The light remaining on the moon’s surface is reflected by a red glow, causing the moon to appear red in the night sky.”

A total lunar eclipse was seen on May 26, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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This month’s full moon is also a supermoon, which means it appears slightly larger and brighter than usual because it is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, known as perigee.

It is also the moon of Venus, one of the names given to the full moon of May due to the abundance of flowers associated with spring in the northern hemisphere. It has also been called the corn-growing moon and the milk moon.

how to watch

Unlike a solar eclipse, which requires special glasses to prevent eye damage, a lunar eclipse is safe for viewing with the naked eye – but binoculars or a telescope will also enhance your viewing experience.

The visible portion of the eclipse will begin around 10:30 p.m. ET on May 15, NASA says, when the moon will enter Earth’s shadow. Total, when the moon is completely covered by the shadow of our planet, follows approximately midnight, and lasts about an hour and a half.

It will end around 2 a.m. ET.

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Eclipse vision map for the total lunar eclipse from May 15-16, 2022.

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According to NASA, viewers in the eastern United States will see the eclipse begin with the moon above the horizon, while those in the central part of the country will see it begin about an hour and a half after dark. On the West Coast, the moon will rise when college is already underway, so the best views will be in the Southeast.

Therefore, East Coast viewers will be able to see the event high in the sky, but those on the West Coast should look for an unobstructed spot to view it. According to time and date, this will be the longest peak-time total lunar eclipse on the west coast of this century.

But don’t worry if you don’t have a perfect show: NASA will broadcast the event live, showcasing perspectives from around the world and answering viewers’ questions about the phenomenon.

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