Blood Moon: Year’s first Lunar Eclipse today

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The year 2022 will see two total lunar eclipse, the first of which will be visible on 15, 16 May. The second total lunar eclipse of the year will be visible on 8 November, 2022.

The first total lunar eclipse will begin at 10.27pm (Eastern Standard Time) on Sunday, which according to Indian Standard Time will be 7.57am on Monday, according to a CNN report.

According to the report, the total lunar eclipse will start an hour later. It will end at 12.53am EST (10.15am IST). According to experts the duration of the total phase will be 1 hour 25 min and that of partial phase will be over two hours.

The Total Lunar Eclipse will begin at 7:02 am (IST) on 16 May with the Partial phase beginning at 7:57 am as the Moon begins to enter Earth’s umbra. At this time, it will look like a bite is being taken out of the lunar disk. The part of the Moon inside the umbra will appear very dark.

The totality phase of the eclipse will begin at 8:59 am when the entire Moon will be in the Earth’s umbra and turn coppery-red. If you want to take a photo, use a camera on a tripod with exposures of at least several seconds. The totality will end at 10:23 am as the Moon exits Earth’s umbra, and the red colour fades. The eclipse will end at 12:20 pm.

The Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible in most parts of the southern hemisphere. While it will not be visible in India, parts of South America, Europe, and middle-east nations will see a glimpse of the Moon turning blood red over the weekend. In this eclipse, up to 99.1% of the Moon’s disk will be within Earth’s umbra.

The eclipse will be visible in Rome, Brussels, London, Paris, Havana, Johannesburg, Lagos, Madrid, Madrid, Santiago, Washington DC, New York, Guatemala City, Rio de Janeiro, and Chicago among others. While these cities will see a total lunar eclipse, the partial eclipse will be visible in Ankara, Cairo, Honolulu, Budapest, and Athens.

Nasa will broadcast a live stream of the celestial event. You can set a reminder today and watch it when NASA starts live streaming.

Just before the totality, the moon will emit a reddish hue, which is why it is referred to as “Blood Moon”. This will happen because when the Sun’s rays reach the Earth, much of the blue and green light is scattered, while the orange and red colours remain visible.

The Moon will also nearly disappear for some time during the total lunar eclipse.

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