How to watch the rare total lunar eclipse tonight

The bloody moon rises tonight – and disappears for a while.

May 15 marks the full moon of this season, which historically appears at a time when flowers are in full bloom for spring in North America, according to Farmer’s Almanac. But this is very special – because it is also the first of two lunar eclipses in 2022 and is expected to be large.

Sky observers know that a moon is “super” when its orbit reaches one of its closest points to Earth – also called the “periphery” (and vice versa, “at the apogee” means that the moon located at its farthest point).

Some astrologers say that Sunday brings more of a semi-super moon – as there is a constant debate in the scientific community about the true definition – which continues to create a rather spectacular eclipse of America, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the East. Peaceful.

That’s where his other disgusting nickname comes in.

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May 15 marks this season’s total “super flower damn moon” eclipse – when the bright spring full moon sheds an eerie red glow during an eclipse.
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What is the meaning of “damn moon”?

A bloody moon appears only during a lunar eclipse and emits an orange-red glow during its many minutes of passing through the Earth’s shadow, due to a visual illusion caused by our atmosphere.

Just before the eclipse peaks – or when the sun and moon are in perfect contrast – the light normally reflected directly from the lunar surface will be redirected through the Earth’s atmosphere, filtering the blue of the UV spectrum so that only the red remains and oranges. hence the changing result.

And, the bigger the moon appears, the more dramatic the show.

When is the lunar eclipse with blood?

Most of Europe, Africa and the US – minus parts of the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and Alaska – as well as eastern Canada, New Zealand and all of South America, are at the sweet spot to look at the moon at 15 May as they do enjoy either partial or complete eclipse, depending on their location. Meanwhile, Asia, Australia and parts of West Africa will have to wait their turn.

The exact time of the eclipse varies depending on the location of the sky observers, but says a partial eclipse begins on the east coast at 22:28 and turns red at 12:11 p.m. on Monday, May 16th. The cycle ends at 1:55 a.m. EDT.

Or, you can see it with the best view, thanks to NASA, on YouTube.

When is the next lunar eclipse?

The next and final lunar eclipse of 2022 will occur on November 8 and will be seen from parts of Asia, Australia, North America, Europe and the Arctic Circle – and even better from South America.

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