Lunar Eclipse 2022: Following the first partial solar eclipse of the year, we are now nearing the first lunar eclipse of 2022. This lunar eclipse will be visible from various parts of the Earth. The eclipse is set to occur on May 15 and 16 this year and will be a ‘Supermoon’ as well with the moon set to look bigger and it will take on a reddish colour. A ‘Supermoon’ is a full moon, but when the moon appears to be bigger than usual. Ahead of the lunar eclipse, here’s all you need to know about it.
When will the eclipse occur, where will it be visible ?
The first lunar eclipse of 2022 is set to occur this weekend, which is May 15 and May 16. As per Indian time, the eclipse will occur at 7:02 am IST on the morning of May 16 and will end at 12:20 in the afternoon. However, the lunar eclipse will not be visible in India. According to NASA, the eastern half of the United States and all of South America will have the opportunity to see every stage of the lunar eclipse. Totality will be visible in much of Africa, western Europe, Central and South America, and most of North America, notes the US space agency.
How to watch the lunar eclipse?
If you are unable to watch the eclipse from your area due to any reason, you can watch the same live by visiting the official NASA website. NASA will also be live-streaming the event on its social media platforms and the official YouTube Channel.
A lunar eclipse takes place when the moon and the Sun are on the exact opposite sides of the Earth, resulting in a complete blockage of sunlight on the moon. This year, the lunar eclipse will also cause what is popularly known as the ‘Blood Moon’ phenomena. During a Blood Moon, a reddish tint is visible on the surface of the moon, which gives it a unique appearance. The reddish tint is due to the ‘Rayleigh scattering’ where only the red light which has a longer wavelength is able to travel to the moon as the Earth’s atmosphere scatters sunlight during the eclipse.
NASA notes that the “more dust or clouds in Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the Moon will appear. ” The May 16 lunar eclipse will be the first of two lunar eclipses set to take place this year. The second one will take place on November 8.