Watch the rising blood moon in the must-see Total Lunar Eclipse event

On the night of May 15-16, the attention of millions of people will be drawn towards the sky, as the copper-spotted globe – the Moon – will be completely immersed in the long, waning shadow cone that our planet casts into space. If the weather is clear, sky-watchers across much of the Americas, Europe, and Africa will enjoy a view of one of the most beautiful landscapes: a total lunar eclipse.

Unlike a total solar eclipse, which often requires a long trip down the path of totality, a lunar eclipse can usually be observed from your own backyard. The full moon’s passage through the Earth’s shadow can be seen equally from all places within the hemisphere where the moon is above the horizon. The total phase of the next total lunar eclipse in May 2022 will be visible across most of North America, all of South America, Central and Western Europe, and most of Africa (except for the Far Eastern part), giving it a potential viewing audience of 2.7 billion people!

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