A Complete Lunar Eclipse Will Mark The Middle Of May

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A complete lunar eclipse will occur soon after the year’s first partial solar eclipse, which occurred on April 30.

According to your time zone, you may see a complete lunar eclipse between late evening on May 15th and the early morning of May 16th depending on where you are located in the world. The full Flower Moon will enter Earth’s shadow during this period. A penumbral eclipse will be visible in New Zealand, eastern Europe, and the Middle East, when the Earth’s shadow covers just the moon’s equator.

The partial eclipse will begin at 10:28 p.m. EDT on May 15, and will reach its peak at 12:11 a.m. EDT on the following morning. A “Blood Moon” is a complete lunar eclipse with a crimson tint to the moon. By 1:55 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, it will be over. An hour before and an hour after the partial eclipse, the penumbral eclipse begins.

Lunar eclipses

Full moons are the only times you’ll see a lunar eclipse. On a full moon, the sun illuminates the whole face of the moon from Earth’s viewpoint since the moon is on the other side of the planet. A lunar eclipse happens when the moon crosses into the Earth’s shadow despite its orbit being inclined by around 5 degrees.

Penumbral, partial, and total lunar eclipses are the three kinds that may occur. During a penumbral eclipse, the moon passes through the diffuse outer section of Earth’s shadow, thus the moon’s surface is a little dimmed. A partial eclipse occurs when a portion of the moon enters the Earth’s shadow, known as the umbra, resulting in substantial darkening.

The moon looks reddish-orange during total lunar eclipses. The sun’s rays are shifted to the redder end of the spectrum as they travel around the Earth, creating the illusion of prism-like refraction. The moon might seem orange or gold depending on the quantity of dust, cloud cover, or volcanic ash in the air, which affects Earth’s atmosphere.