Sky will put on a show on Sunday with a total lunar eclipse visible in Louisville

As summer approaches and the weather warms, our closest celestial neighbor has a special treat for skywatchers – a total lunar eclipse visible across North and South America on the night of Sunday 15 may. The eclipse will begin when Earth’s shadow appears on the moon at 10:27 p.m. EDT Sunday evening. Over the course of an hour, the shadow will creep over the moon, covering the lunar surface in darkness. During the 84-minute event, the moon will only receive sunlight bent through Earth’s atmosphere and will change color over the minutes from gray to pink to orange to red – that’s why it is called a “blood moon”. The “super” part of the upcoming full moon stems from the moon’s proximity to the earth, causing it to appear much larger than usual. The Old Farmer’s Almanac reports that there will be four super moons in 2022. Sunday’s sky show is also the “flower” moon, a name given to the May full moon because “flowers spring forth in abundance at across North America this month,” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Other names for the May full moon include the corn planting moon and the milk moon, NASA says. By the way, there’s no need for special glasses for this sight, unlike a solar eclipse, so feel free to look directly at the moon. Binoculars or a telescope will improve the view…as will popcorn. This will be the first of two lunar eclipses in 2022. According to Space.com, another will grace the sky on November 8, 2022.

As summer approaches and the weather warms, our closest celestial neighbor has a special treat for skywatchers – a total lunar eclipse visible across North and South America on the night of Sunday 15 may.

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The eclipse will begin when Earth’s shadow appears on the moon at 10:27 p.m. EDT Sunday evening. Over the course of an hour, the shadow will creep over the moon, covering the lunar surface in darkness.

During the 84-minute event, the moon will only receive sunlight bent through Earth’s atmosphere and will change color over the minutes from gray to pink to orange to red – that’s why it is called a “blood moon”.

The “super” part of the upcoming full moon stems from the moon’s proximity to the earth, causing it to appear much larger than usual. The Old Farmer’s Almanac reports that there will be four Super Moons in 2022.

Sunday’s sky show is also the ‘flower’ moon, a name given to May’s full moon because ‘flowers are springing in abundance across North America this month,’ according to the Old Farmer’s. Almanac.

Other names for the May full moon include the corn planting moon and the milk moon, according to NASA.

By the way, there’s no need for special glasses for this sight, unlike a solar eclipse, so feel free to look directly at the moon. Binoculars or a telescope will improve the view…as will popcorn.

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This will be the first of two lunar eclipses in 2022.

According to Space.com, another will grace the skies on November 8, 2022.

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