On May 15/16 2022 the Moon will cross through Earth's shadow over the course of three and a half hours creating a dramatic total lunar eclipse. At the moment of maximum eclipse, on Monday (May 16) at around 04:11 UTC (12:11 EDT/9:11 PDT), 100% of the Moon's disk will be within the Earth's umbra. It will be visible across North, Central and South America, as well as large parts of Africa, and Europe.
Lunar eclipses occur when the sun, Earth, and moon line up and the Earth’s shadow is cast on the moon’s disk. During totality, the moon passes through the dark shadow cone of the Earth, known as the umbra and blushes a shade of orange-red. This stunning coloration occur as sunlight travels through Earth’s own dust filled air, resulting in the Moon glowing reddish – the same reason we see the sun turn red during sunsets. The Moon's color can vary significantly from one eclipse to the next and its exact color can vary from one eclipse to the next depending on the amount of particles in our planet’s atmosphere.
Check out a complete observing guide to the eclipse from our partners at Celestron and sit back and enjoy watching our collection of livestreams of the lunar eclipse from various locations around the world.