Lunar Eclipse 2022: How to see the “Blood Moon” rising over your location this weekend

Lunar Eclipse 2022: How to see the “Blood Moon” rising over your location this weekend

Stargazers around the world have a chance to see a blood moon over the weekend when a lunar eclipse moves into Earth’s orbit.

The penumbral eclipse, when the moon fully immerses into Earth’s penumbral cone without touching the umbra, the inner portion of Earth’s shadow, is expected to begin just after 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, according to NASA. The penumbral eclipse causes only part of the moon to become dark.

The partial eclipse, when the moon appears to be moving into the umbra and part of the moon in the umbra appears very dark, occurs just before 10:30 p.m. ET.

Totality begins just before 11:30 p.m. ET, when the entire Moon is in Earth’s umbra and turns a copper-red hue. Totality will end before 1 a.m. Monday, and the penumbral eclipse will end at 2:50 a.m

Residents of the eastern half of the US and throughout South America can view each stage of the lunar eclipse, and totality will be visible across much of Africa, western Europe, Central and South America, and most of North America, according to NASA.

A dark environment away from bright light provides the best viewing conditions.

The lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth, and moon align and the moon transitions into the earth’s shadow, according to NASA. “Blood Moon” is the term to describe that portion of the total lunar eclipse in which all of the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets are projected onto the lunar surface as it passes through the Earth’s shadow, darkening it and giving it its crimson hue.

Rayleigh scattering, the same phenomenon that gives the sky its blue color and makes sunsets red, causes the moon to turn red during the eclipse. Red light, which has longer wavelengths than blue light, is seen during a lunar eclipse because the only sunlight that reaches the moon goes through Earth’s atmosphere, according to NASA.

“It’s like all the sunrises and sunsets in the world are projected onto the moon,” the administration said.

The more dust or clouds in the earth’s atmosphere at the time of the eclipse, the redder the moon appears.

During the eclipse, cloud cover is expected from Dallas to Chicago, while scattered clouds will range from Atlanta to New York. NASA will broadcast a live stream of the total lunar eclipse.

The next total lunar eclipse will be on November 8th. After that, there will be no more total lunar eclipse until March 13, 2025.

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