A Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon Occurs in May

Notice to Lunars! You won’t want to miss this show in the night sky happening this week!

According to NJ.com, a lunar eclipse resulting in a “blood moon” occurs on the evening of Sunday, May 15!

It will actually be a full “flower” of the moon that will turn a reddish-orange brown color as a result of the lunar eclipse. The sun, earth and moon will be closely aligned, with the earth in the middle. The moon will fall behind the shadow of the Earth, as if hiding from the sun. This will make the moonlight duller and change its color to that rusty red color, making it a “blood moon”.

Even though the moonlight will be duller, the fullness and color will be a sight to behold!

When can we see the eclipse?

Girl looking at stars with telescope next to her.

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The eclipse itself will begin earlier in the night. In our region, 9:30 a.m. pm this is when we will begin to see changes in its shape as it begins to fall into Earth’s shadow.

When will the moon change color?

Photo by Claudio Testa on Unsplash

Photo by Claudio Testa on Unsplash

If you have to go to bed early for work, you might want to make an exception for this night, as experts say it’s a must-see event and one of nature’s greatest spectacles! For nearly 90 minutes, beginning approximately 11:30 p.m., the eclipse will be in its totality phase. This is when the moon will fall completely into Earth’s shadow and appear to be that orange-red color.

This is where cell phone photos can’t do anything justice. If you want to see it in all its glory, you’ll have to look up and see it. Hopefully the night will be clear!

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