The moon will shine a scarlet color during this year’s first total lunar eclipse on Sunday – a stark contrast to its ordinary milky white glow.
A partial eclipse will begin at 10:27 p.m. ET on Sunday, with the total lunar eclipse beginning at 11:29 p.m. ET, according to EarthSky. The total eclipse will end at 12:53 a.m. ET Monday, and the partial eclipse will end at 1:55 a.m. ET Monday, the site said.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, Earth, and sun align, with the moon passing through Earth’s shadow, according to NASA. When the moon passes through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra, it’s called a total lunar eclipse, the space agency said.
When the sun’s rays reach Earth, much of the blue and green light is dispersed, while the orange and red colors remain visible, which is why the moon takes on a reddish hue and is often called the “blood moon.” “, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Not everyone will be able to see the total lunar eclipse because it has to be dark to see it, said Noah Petro, head of NASA’s Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Laboratory.
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 over 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 won’t be another total lunar eclipse until March 2025, he added.
How to see the eclipse
According to Petro, it is perfectly safe to see a lunar eclipse with the naked eye.
“That’s the great thing about lunar eclipses is that you don’t need any equipment other than a passion and interest in being outside and having a clear horizon,” Petro said.
For the best viewing conditions, avoid bright lights and tall buildings that could obstruct your view, he said.
While the peak of the eclipse may last only a short time, the copper tones of the moon will change throughout the night, according to Petro. These changes make this celestial phenomenon interesting to observe throughout the eclipse rather than at any particular time, he said.
If it’s cloudy or the lunar eclipse is not available, you can watch a live broadcast of it from NASA.
There will be seven more full moons in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
- September 10: harvest moon
These are the popularized names associated with monthly full moons, originating from Native American tribes. The names vary from tribe to tribe because a full moon had a different meaning in different 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.
Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun but blocks only part of its light. Be sure to wear appropriate 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 South and North America on November 8 between 3:01 a.m. and 8:58 a.m. ET – but the moon will set for those in the eastern regions of North America.
Check out the nine remaining showers that will peak in 2022:
- Southern Delta Aquariids: July 29-30
- Alpha Capricornids: July 30-31
- Southern Taurids: November 4-5
- Northern Taurids: November 11-12
If you live in an urban area, you might want to drive to a place that isn’t littered with 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 you can look up. And give your eyes about 20-30 minutes – without looking at your phone or other electronics – to adjust to the darkness so the meteors are easier to spot.