Get ready for a celestial show, as a total lunar eclipse occurs on Sunday night, May 15, and early Monday morning, May 16. This is defiantly known as the “blood moon” for the way the moon turns a fine red during the event. The eclipse will be visible in much of the globe.

The full moon in May is sometimes called the color moon because it coincides with spring in North America, so feel free to call it the “color blood moon” or the “blood color moon” for extra pizza.

What is a lunar eclipse?

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth stands between the Sun and the Moon and casts its planetary shadow on our natural satellite. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are arranged exactly so that the shadow of our planet completely covers the moon. Then it usually turns dark red.

Take a look more about eclipses and how to watch them safely in our guide. Lunar eclipses are good for the naked eye.

Check your location and time

The eclipse will not be visible anywhere in the world, so you will need a combination of the right place, time and time to see it in person. Most of America, Europe and Africa will be able to capture some of the action. NASA’s visibility map highlights the best places to watch.

A map of the observation area highlights where the May 2022 lunar eclipse can be observed.

NASA / JPL-Caltech

You can determine your local time by visiting Timeanddate eclipse page. For example, the time of maximum eclipse will come around 10 pm local time on Sunday, May 15 for me in New Mexico, so I will want to make sure I’m outside to catch the view around then.

Watch a lunar eclipse live

Don’t let the location or the clouds interfere with your lunar celebrations. The wide eclipse viewing area means that there should be plenty of live broadcasts. NASA and are starting. I will add more remarkable live streaming options when they become available.

NASA television is scheduled to begin broadcasting live at 20:00 PT on Sunday, May 15.

The Timeanddate report will start at 19:00 PT.

IN Virtual telescope project introduces a team of astrophotographers to join astrophysics and host Gianluca Massi for a stream starting at 7:15 p.m. PT on Sunday.

A lunar eclipse can be a subtle and sublime experience, as the moon is slightly shaded before blushing with a tinge of red. Here we hope for clear skies and a beautiful night to watch the moon.

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