We’re here for a dark, gloomy and distinct orange “Blood Moon” tonight! In the early hours of Sunday evening, May 15, 2022 and early Monday, May 16, 2022, our natural satellites in space will pass through Earth’s shadow.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth enters exactly between the sun and the full moon, preventing direct sunlight from shining on the moon. The only light reaching the moon is first filtered by Earth’s atmosphere.
Virtually all sunrises and sunsets on Earth are projected onto the lunar surface at once. For a whopping one hour and twenty-four minutes, the moon will be covered in a reddish-orange glow like the one seen here on Earth just before sunset.
A total lunar eclipse is a spectacular phenomenon that can be seen with the naked eye or with binoculars or a telescope, but not all are equal.
They all look different because they pass through Earth’s shadow from space in slightly different ways.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the full moon passes through Earth’s 870,000 miles/1.4 million km long shadow in outer space. This happens occasionally and can take as long as 105 minutes as in 2018 to only 5 minutes as in 2015.
From May 15 to 16, 2022, the total lasts 84 minutes as it passes through the southern half of Earth’s shadow. As a result, the northern edge of the Moon, which is closest to Earth’s center of shadow, is expected to be somewhat darker overall.
It is also slightly larger than the average moon. Because it’s technically a “supermoon”. It is one of the four closest full moons of the year. However, a 7% increase in the apparent size of the Moon would not be noticeable.
On the moon’s surface, the Earth completely blocks the sun.
Everyone on the moon will see a red ring around Earth’s atmosphere, everything around it will look red and it will be very cold.
From Earth it looks great! Don’t miss this year’s astronomy event.
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Hope you have clear skies and wide eyes.