When We’ll See The 84-Minute ‘Blood Flower Moon,’ One Of The Longest Total Lunar Eclipses Until 2029

When is the next “Blood Moon” total lunar eclipse? On Sunday May 15 and into Monday, 16, 2022 the full “Flower Moon” will turn a spectacular reddish color for 84 minutes.

That’s just 50 days from today!

It will be best viewed in North and South America. A totality lasting that long hasn’t been seen since July 27, 2018, when a “Blood Moon” was seen for 1 hour and 42 minutes. It won’t be topped until a 102 minute totality on June 26, 2029.

Here’s everything you need to know about May’s amazing celestial spectacle including when, where and how to see the “Blood Flower Moon.”

What is a ‘Blood Moon’ total lunar eclipse?

A total lunar eclipse occurs when a full Moon passes through Earth’s 870,000 miles/1.4 million km long shadow in space. That can only occur at full Moon.

It happens just occasionally (typically the Moon just misses the shadow). It can take anywhere from 105 minutes (like in 2018) to just five minutes (like in 2015). However, there will be two total lunar eclipses in 2022 will both will last for 84 minutes.

You don’t want to miss these two because the following total lunar eclipses aren’t until 2025.

When is the next ‘Blood Moon’ total lunar eclipse where I live?

It’s a global event occurring at exactly the same global time, but observable only by those on the night-side of Earth.

Here are the times for North America:

  • 11:29 p.m.-oo:53 a.m. EDT on Sunday May 15-Monday, 16, 2022 (totality at 00:11 a.m.)
  • 10:29-11:53 p.m. CDT on Sunday May 15, 2022 (totality at 11:11 p.m.)
  • 9:29-10:53 p.m. MDT on Sunday May 15, 2022 (totality at 10:11 p.m.)
  • 8:29-9:53 p.m. PDT on Sunday May 15, 2022 (totality at 9:11 p.m.)

Where is the next ‘Blood Moon’ total lunar eclipse?

Canada, the U.S. and South America get a great view, with Europe and Africa also getting a glimpse of a lunar eclipse at moonset. Here’s a simulation.

How to observe the next ‘Blood Moon’ total lunar eclipse?

All you need are your own naked eyes and clear skies, though a pair of binoculars will help you get a fabulous close-up.

There are various stages of the eclipse to observe, notably the partial phase when the Moon begins to turn red. However, with such a long totality all you need to do is to be outside anytime within that 84 minutes.

What will the ‘Blood Moon’ total lunar eclipse 2022 look like?

The Moon’s surface will move 100% into Earth’s mighty shadow in space, causing thousands of sunsets as seen from the lunar surface. The reddish, orangey light on everything just before the sunset here on Earth is akin to what will be projected onto the Moon —and for a stunning 1 hour 24 minutes.

When is the second ‘Blood Moon’ total lunar eclipse in 2022?

It’s on November 16, 2022. it will be observed from the west coast of North America, with Australia and southeast Asia also in a good position. Here’s a simulation.

Disclaimer: I am the editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com

Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes.

Reference-www.forbes.com

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