It’s time to watch the moon pass through Earth’s shadow.
The event, known as the Lunar Eclipse, will see the full Flower Moon turn temporarily red overnight from Sunday May 15 to Monday May 16, depending on where you are. You can watch the Flower Blood Moon eclipse via webcast, starting at 9:30 p.m. EDT (01:30 GMT).
Although the timing depends on your location, here’s when to look for the total eclipse. TimeandDate.com indicates that the partial eclipse phase of the moon begins on May 15 at 10:28 p.m. EDT (0228 GMT on May 16). The peak of the blood moon begins on May 16 at 12:11 a.m. EDT (0411 GMT). Then, the event ends at 1:55 a.m. EDT (05:55 GMT).
Eclipse scientist Fred Espenak classified the May 15 full moon as a so-called supermoon, which makes this event even more special. The full moon is at its perigee (the month’s closest approach to Earth, in its orbit). So we will see a slightly larger moon experiencing the Super Flower Blood Moon eclipse.
Related: May 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse: Flower Blood Moon Guide
The total phase of the eclipse, which will see the moon weaving through our planet’s darkest shadow, will take place from parts of the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and of the Eastern Pacific.
A penumbral eclipse is also visible, in New Zealand, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The moon will become slightly darker as the penumbra, or lighter shadow, of our planet is cast on the surface. The penumbral eclipse, by the way, will start about an hour earlier and end about an hour after the partial eclipse.
If you are out of the viewing area or excluded due to inclement weather, we also have several options to watch the show online, as long as they have good weather on their own viewing sites.
If you’re hoping to photograph the moon or want to prepare your gear for the total lunar eclipse, check out our best cameras for astrophotography and our best lenses for astrophotography. Read our guides on how to photograph a lunar eclipse, as well as how to photograph the moon with a camera for some helpful tips for planning your lunar photo shoot.
NASA Science Blood Moon Live Webcast
The first is NASA’s Science Live YouTube broadcast, embedded above. It will start at 9:32 p.m. on May 15 (0132 GMT on May 16.)
“Join NASA experts to learn more about this incredible natural phenomenon, look through telescope views around the world, and learn about plans to bring humans back to the lunar surface with the Artemis program,” said the agency in a description. “Have questions? Ask them in our live chat.”
Slooh Flower Moon Lunar Eclipse Webcast
Then we have Slooh, a remote-controlled online telescope astronomy service that has its own webcast. Viewable on YouTube above, the event will kick off on May 15 at 9:30 p.m. EDT (May 16, 0130 GMT).
“Online telescope experts will be on hand to explain this spectacular view from the beginning of the penumbral phase, through the partial phase, and then the beautiful full phase which lasts 1 hour and 19 minutes,” Slooh said.
The broadcast is viewable by anyone with a strong internet connection, while the whole eclipse will be discussed at a members-only Star Party on Discord. You can learn how to subscribe to Slooh to register on the Slooh.com website.
Total Lunar Eclipse Webcast from TimeandDate.com
Another YouTube broadcast and live chat is available with TimeandDate.com, starting at 10 p.m. EDT May 15 (0200 GMT May 16). You can see the show just above this text.
“Our live coverage is your perfect companion for this eclipse, whether it’s visible from your location or not. Follow the eclipse from start to finish with us here,” the company said.
TimeandDate.com has a special Blood Moon May 2022 page for the lunar eclipse, including viewing tips and other information.
Webcast of the Total Lunar Eclipse from Griffith Observatory
Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory, famous for its film appearances and astronomy, has its own blood moon webcast starting May 15 and viewable above.
The observatory’s webcast will begin at 10:35 p.m. EDT (02:35 GMT) and continue until 3:50 a.m. EDT (07:50 GMT), according to the observatory. (That’s 7:35-11:50 p.m. in the local Pacific time zone.) On Tuesday, May 16, Griffith Observatory will also share a time-lapse lunar eclipse video on its YouTube channel.
Virtual Telescope Super Moon Total Eclipse Webcast
Finally, it’s possible to watch the Virtual Telescope Project’s supermoon Eclipse online broadcast at 9:15 p.m. EDT (02:15 GMT), with views from across the visibility region. You can see the show just above this text.
Project astrophysicist Gianluca Masi will host the eclipse from Ceccano, Italy, in the center of the country. Follow the broadcast live on the Project’s YouTube page or directly from the event’s broadcast site.
The webcast will include images from the following astrophotographers, according to Masi:
- astrophotographer: Gianluca Masi (Rome, Italy);
- astrophotographer: John W. Johnson (Nebraska, USA)
- astrophotographer: Joaquin Fabrega Polleri (Panama);
- astrophotographer: Chris Curwin (Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada);
- astrophotographer: Fernando Rodriguez (Florida, USA);
- astrophotographer: Jim Thompson (Ottawa Valley Astronomy & Observers Group, Canada);
- astrophotographer: Gary Varney (Florida, USA);
- astrophotographer: Karim Jaffer (Montreal Centre, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada);
- coordinator and live commentary: astrophysicist Gianluca Masi (The Virtual Telescope Project, Italy).
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