(CNN) – The full moon of May will have astrologers see red.
The moon will glow red during this year’s first total lunar eclipse on Sunday – a stark contrast to its usual milky white glow.
A partial eclipse will begin at 8:27 p.m. MT on Sunday, with the total lunar eclipse starting 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 reported.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, Earth and sun align, with the moon passing through the Earth’s shadow, according to NASA. When the moon passes through the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow, called the umbra, it is known as a total lunar eclipse, the space agency said.
When the sun’s rays reach the Earth, much of the blue and green light is scattered, while orange and red remain visible, which is why the moon takes on a reddish tinge and is often referred to as the “blood moon”, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Not everyone will be able to take a look at the total lunar eclipse, because it must be night to see it, said Noah Petro, head of NASA’s Laboratory of Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry.
“People in South America and eastern North America will have a wonderful view of the lunar eclipse,” he said. A total lunar eclipse will be visible in much of Africa, Europe and South America, and most of North America.
About two lunar eclipses occur each year, and the next will be a total lunar eclipse in November, Petro said. Then there will be no more total lunar eclipse until March 2025, he added.
How to see the eclipse
It is absolutely safe to see a lunar eclipse with the naked eye, according to Petro.
“The great thing about lunar eclipses is that you do not need any equipment other than the passion and interest of being outside and a clear horizon,” Petro said.
For optimal viewing conditions, avoid bright lights and tall buildings that could block your vision, he said.
While the eclipse may only last for a short time, the moon’s copper tones will change overnight, according to Petro. These changes make this celestial phenomenon interesting to watch throughout the eclipse and not at a specific time, he said.
If it is cloudy or the lunar eclipse is not otherwise available for viewing, you can watch a live stream from NASA.
There will be another seven full moons in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
- September 10: Harvest moon
- October 9: The hunter’s moon
These are the popular names associated with the monthly full moons, which come from Native American tribes. The names differ from tribe to tribe because the full moon had different meanings in the tribes from month to month or season to season.
Lunar and solar eclipses
In addition to another total lunar eclipse in 2022, there will also be a partial solar eclipse, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Some solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun but blocks only part of its light. Be sure to wear suitable eclipse glasses to see 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 appear for those in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and South and North America on November 8 between 1:01 a.m. and 6:58 a.m. MT – but the moon will set for those in the eastern regions of North America.
See the other nine rains that will peak in 2022:
- Aquarius of the Southern Delta: July 29 to 30
- Alpha Capricorns: July 30 to 31
- South Bulls: November 4 to 5
- North Bulls: November 11 to 12
If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that is not crowded with city lights for the best views.
Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight ahead. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes — without looking at your phone or other electronics — to adjust to the darkness so that meteorites are easier to spot.
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