A total lunar eclipse will turn the moon red. Here’s how to watch

(CNN) — May’s full moon will make stargazers see red.

The moon will shine a scarlet color during this year’s first total lunar eclipse on Sunday, a stark contrast to its milky-white glow.

A partial eclipse will begin at 8:27 p.m. MT on Sunday, and the total lunar eclipse will begin at 9:29 p.m. MT, according to EarthSky. The total eclipse will end at 10:53 p.m. MT, and the partial eclipse will end at 11:55 p.m. MT, the site said.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, Earth, and sun align, and the moon passes through Earth’s shadow, according to NASA. When the moon passes through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra, it is known as a total lunar eclipse, the space agency said.

When the sun’s rays reach Earth, much of the blue and green light is scattered, while the orange and red colors remain visible, which is why the moon takes on a reddish hue and is often referred to as the “moon”. of blood,” according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Not everyone will get a glimpse of the total lunar eclipse because it has to be night to see it, said Noah Petro, head of NASA’s Laboratory for Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry.

People in South America and eastern North America will have a great view of the lunar eclipse, he said. The total lunar eclipse will be visible across much of Africa, Europe, and South America and most of North America.

About two lunar eclipses occur each year, and the next one will be a total lunar eclipse in November, Petro said. Then there won’t be another total lunar eclipse until March 2025, he added.

How to see the eclipse

It’s perfectly safe to view a lunar eclipse with the naked eye, according to Petro.

“That’s the great thing about lunar eclipses, is that you don’t need more equipment than passion and interest in being outdoors and a clear horizon,” Petro said.

For optimal viewing conditions, avoid bright lights and tall buildings that could obstruct your view, he said.

While the peak of the eclipse may only last a short period of time, the moon’s coppery tones will change throughout the night, according to Petro. These changes make this celestial phenomenon interesting to watch throughout the eclipse rather than at a particular time, he said.

If it’s cloudy or the lunar eclipse is not available to view, you can view it live from NASA.

There will be seven more full moons in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac:

  • September, 10th: harvest moon
  • October 9: hunter’s moon

These are the popularized names associated with the monthly full moons, originating from the Native American tribes. The names vary from one tribe to another because the full moon has a different meaning in the tribes, month to month or season to season.

lunar and solar eclipses

In addition to one more total lunar eclipse in 2022, there will also be a partial solar eclipse, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun but only blocks part of its light. Be sure to wear proper eclipse glasses to view solar eclipses safely, as sunlight can damage your eyes.

A partial solar eclipse on October 25 will be visible to those in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northeast Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, India, and western China. It will not be visible from North America.

After this weekend, the next total lunar eclipse will also be on display for those in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and North and South America on November 8 between 1:01 a.m. and 6:58 a.m. MT, but the moon will be setting for those in the eastern regions of North America.

meteor showers

Take a look at the remaining nine showers that will peak in 2022:

  • South Delta Aquarids: July 29 to 30
  • Alpha Capricorns: July 30 to 31
  • Southern Taurids: November 4 to 5
  • Northern Taurids: November 11 to 12

If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive somewhere that isn’t plagued by city lights to get the best view.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so he can look up. And give your eyes 20 to 30 minutes, without looking at your phone or other electronic devices, to adjust to the dark so meteors are easier to spot.

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