Blood Moon total lunar eclipse is coming Sunday


A Blood Moon total lunar eclipse will occur on May 15-16, 2022 and will look similar to this view of one from July 2018. Here’s everything you need to know about the event. (Image credit: ESA/CESAR–M.Castillo)

Sunset in the Bay Area this Sunday will come with a rare treat: a blood moon, during a total lunar eclipse.

What’s more, since the moon will be near its perigee, or closest point to Earth, it will also be considered a “supermoon.”

During the event a larger-than-usual full Moon—May’s “Flower Moon”—will enter the center of Earth’s shadow for a whopping 84 minutes, turning an eery dark copper-reddish color as it does so.

The moon will already be in a partial eclipse when it rises on the West Coast at 8:06 p.m., just four minutes before sunset. The total eclipse starts at 8:30 p.m. and lasts until 9:54 p.m, and the ensuing partial eclipse ends around 10:50 p.m.

On Sunday, the moon will rise from the southeastern horizon and become darker and redder as it climbs into the sky.

This will be the first of two lunar eclipses in 2022. The next one will take place on Nov. 8, 2022. It will be visible at least partially from Asia, Australia, North America, parts of northern and eastern Europe, the Arctic and most of South America, according to TimeandDate.com.

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