In this photograph you can see, in the first plane, a church, and in the background, the blood moon of the last eclipse of the moon. Photo taken in july, 2018

Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse 2018

A photo of the blood moon taken in July 2018.

Photo by: Miguel Angel Ortega / Getty

Miguel Angel Ortega / Getty

Watch the Super Flower Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse

By: Discovery

Those located in the Americas, Europe, or Africa can see this rare total lunar eclipse during the night of May 15, 2022.

May 12, 2022

The May full moon is also a supermoon, meaning it appears larger and brighter than a typical full moon. This event occurs when the Moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, known as the perigee.

About the blood moon

During a lunar eclipse, the moon can appear to have a reddish color. As some sunlight reaches the lunar surface by reflecting off the Earth's atmosphere, some colors in the light spectrum are filtered out through a phenomenon called Rayleigh scattering. Red wavelengths are not filtered out as much as other colors, hence why the fully eclipsed moon takes on a red glow.

How to Watch

There are no special glasses needed to view a lunar eclipse, unlike a solar eclipse which can cause eye damage. Anyone can look up into the sky to view the moon at night. A telescope is recommended to enhance the viewing experience. The eclipse will become visible around 10:30 PM ET on Sunday, May 15 when the moon crosses into Earth's shadow. The moon will become completely hidden by our planet's shadow shortly after midnight, for about an hour and a half.

Eclipse visibility map for the May 15-16, 2022 total lunar eclipse.

Eclipse visibility map

Eclipse visibility map for the May 15-16, 2022 total lunar eclipse.

Photo by: NASA/JPL-CALTECH

NASA/JPL-CALTECH

Not in an ideal viewing area? Livestream the eclipse with Lowell Observatory this Sunday. Lowell Observatory will share live views of the eclipse as it approaches totality, using a TEC 5.5-inch refracting telescope at Lowell’s Giovale Open Deck Observatory. Lowell Observatory educators will also discuss the science of eclipses, the best ways to view them, Lowell’s history with the Moon, and more starting at 7:15P PDT from Flagstaff, Arizona.

Next Up

The Super Flower Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse is Tonight

Early in the morning of May 26 most of the world will be able to look up and see a total lunar eclipse of the Super Flower Blood Moon.

China and Russia are Building Lunar Space Station Together

Recently announced, development for an international lunar space station is underway as China and Russia are joining together to build research facilities in orbit and possibly on the moon.

From the Moon to the Oval Office

As homage to the past Apollo Missions and a nod to the upcoming Artemis Program, NASA recently loaned the White House a lunar sample that has been placed in the President’s Oval Office. You can learn more about the Apollo missions and beyond on discovery+.

The Top 5 Weirdest Moons of the Solar System

From the exotic to the just plain odd, our solar system is home to some of the most extreme worlds in the galaxy. But I’m not talking about the planets, I’m talking about their moons. Let’s take a look at the most strange...

NASA's New Rocket is Taller than the Statue of Liberty

The massive space launch system was unveiled last week. Following successful completion of upcoming simulation tests, NASA will set a date for the first of the Artemis II lunar missions.

Scientists in China Discover Rare Moon Crystal that Could Power Earth

A rare lunar crystal found on the near side of the moon is giving scientists hope of providing limitless power for the world – forever.

NASA Launches CAPSTONE to Test Experimental Orbit Around the Moon

In preparation for future missions, NASA is testing a never-been-flown-before orbit around the Moon in search of the most efficient deep space route for space travel.

What We Learn from the Lunar Surface

Sure, the Moon is cool to look at, and fun to think about it. And it literally affects us here on the Earth: without the Moon, we’d be missing half our tides, and likely our planet’s rotation wouldn’t be as stable as it is.

Wanna Go to the Moon? This Billionaire Will Pay for It

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's SpaceX lunar mission dearMoon is set to jet in 2023, and there are some available seats, all expenses paid.

South Korea Joins Space Race by Sending its First Spacecraft to the Moon

South Korea is launching its first lunar probe to the moon on August 4th. The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) or Danuri, developed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) is being launched to study moon carters, magnetic fields, and surface weathering.

Related To: