This weekend, the moon is completely plunged into darkness, creating a celestial landscape that has not been seen for a while. From Sunday night to Monday morning, a total lunar eclipse – the first in 2022. The total eclipse will be visible from South and North America, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the eastern Pacific. A total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a “blood moon” because the moon appears dark red at the peak of the eclipse. However, a total lunar eclipse will not be seen in India this weekend.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth, and moon are all aligned, causing the moon to enter the shadow of the earth. During a total lunar eclipse, the entire moon sinks in the shadow of the earth into a dark part called the amber.
Although the eclipse was not seen in India, those interested can watch the live broadcast of the event on NASA. From 11pm ET on May 15 to 12am ET on May 16th, i.e. until 8:33 AM on Monday (May 16), the space agency will broadcast the eclipse live, with experts commenting on each step of the process.
You can watch the live stream here:
The eclipse will last more than five hours, ending Sunday, May 15, at 9:32 pm ET (Monday at 7:02 pm) and May 16 at 2:50 am EDT (May 16 at 12:20 pm).
At fullness, the color of the Blood Moon ranges from bright saffron yellow disc to dark brick red with a blue tinge. Shortly after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, it was reported that the moon would disappear almost completely, as it did during a December 1992 lunar eclipse.
The dandelion scale, which ranges from 4 (bright) to 0 (dark), is used to describe the color and intensity of the moon during total (darkness).
Another unusual sight to see during a total lunar eclipse is the elusive selenial or completely eclipsed moon and at the same time watching the sun rise above the horizon. It works because the Earth’s amber is larger than the Moon and refracts light from both Earth’s atmospheres.