- The moon will appear deep, rusty red color during this eclipse
- People across the UK can watch the blood moon, if the weather conditions remain clear
It's time for this year's first total lunar eclipse. Also known as the 'blood moon,' it will take place on May 15-16 intervening night. The moon will appear deep, rusty red color during this eclipse, and hence named the blood moon lunar eclipse. The process of the eclipse will begin at 10.27 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on Sunday, which will be 7:57 am on Monday in India. On eclipse night, the Moon will seem around 12 per cent larger than it does when it's at apogee (farthest from Earth in its orbit).
People across the UK can watch the blood moon lunar eclipse 2022, if the weather conditions remain clear. On the other hand, South America will see the whole event, starting on the evening of May 15th, while viewers in western Europe and Africa will have to set their alarms to enjoy the event in the hours before dawn on May 16th. The whole process for the May 16th eclipse will take about five hours and 20 minutes.
Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse 2022: Date and Time
A full lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are in a straight line. The Moon slides into Earth's shadow, gradually darkening, until the entire lunar disk turns from silvery grey to an eerie dim orange or red. The full lunar eclipse will begin at 07.58 AM (IST) on Monday and be in effect till 11.35 AM, NASA said. The red moon will be at its peak at 9.41 AM. The penumbral moon phase of the eclipse will begin about an hour earlier and end bout an hour after the partial eclipse. ALSO READ: Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse 2022: When and Where to see; everything you need to know
Where will the eclipse be visible?
This total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Southern hemisphere, ie, parts of South America, Europe, and middle-east nations will see a glimpse of the moon.
The eclipse will be visible in total phase from portions of the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the East Pacific. A penumbral eclipse (where the edge of Earth's shadow will fall over the moon) is visible in New Zealand, eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Will the eclipse be visible in India?
No, India will not be able to see the blood moon eclipse this year. The partial eclipse will be visible in Ankara, Cairo, Honolulu, Budapest, and Athens.