The first total lunar eclipse of 2022 will appear on the night of May 15 and early morning of May 16 in many areas around the world.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are in a straight line, with the Moon entering the Earth’s darkest region. When that happens, the moonlight will be dimmed and turn red or dark orange, hence the phenomenon also known as “blood moon”. This time, the Moon was closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit, making the object appear larger than usual and nicknamed the “super blood moon”.
According to TimeandDatethere are only two total lunar eclipse events occurring in 2022. The lunar eclipse in May is the first and can be observed over much of the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Depending on the region, the phenomenon will take place at different time frames. In eastern North America, the partial lunar eclipse will begin at 22:28 on May 15 (local time) and peak (total lunar eclipse) from 23:29 on May 15 to 0:53 on May 16. A partial lunar eclipse will follow and end at 1:55 a.m. on May 16.
In the UK, total lunar eclipses appear later. The best time to observe the phenomenon is from 4:29 to 5:35 am on May 16 (local time).
The last total lunar eclipse of 2022 will take place on November 8 and will be visible from Asia, Oceania, North America, parts of Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, the North Pole and most of Antarctica. After this event, we will have to wait until March 2025 to see the total lunar eclipse again, according to Noah Petro, head of NASA’s geology, geophysics and chemistry lab.
Doan Duong (According to CNN/Space)
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