Exactly When to See This Weekend’s Stunning ‘Blood Moon’ Total Lunar Eclipse From Every US State
When does the total blood moon eclipse occur? In the evening of Sunday, May 15 and into the early hours of Monday, May 16, 2022, a spectacular reddish moon will grace the skies over North America for the first time in two years.
You don’t need binoculars or a telescope, just clear skies and your own eyes.
A lunar eclipse is a global event occurring at exactly the same global time, but observable only by those on the night side of Earth. For this total lunar eclipse which includes all of North America and the 48 contiguous US states.
However, since there are time zones, local times are different.
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During the event, the Moon will pass through Earth’s fuzzy outer shadow (penumbra) and in its deep, dark inner shadow (shadow), where it will take on a dark reddish copper color for 84 minutes.
Here’s when to see the “Blood Moon” total lunar eclipse from all US states and time zones (although if you want to see the partial phase – when the Moon starts to turn red – get out an hour before those times):
When to see the total lunar eclipse (EDT) from ‘Blood Moon’
Those in the eastern time zone will see every phase of this eclipse, but it won’t begin until well after moonrise. Here’s when to see the whole thing:
- 11:29 p.m.-12:53 a.m. EDT from Sunday, May 15 to Monday, May 16, 2022 (maximum totality at 12:11 a.m.)
When to see the total lunar eclipse (CDT) from ‘Blood Moon’
Those in central time will also see each phase of this eclipse, but it will not begin until after moonrise. Here’s when to see the whole thing:
- 10:29-11:53 p.m. CDT on Sunday, May 15, 2022 (peak totality at 11:11 p.m.)
When to See the Total Blood Moon Eclipse (MDT)
For the Mountain time zone, totality will be a later “prime time” affair, with the partial phase of the eclipse occurring shortly after moonrise. Here’s when to see the whole thing:
- 9:29-10:53 p.m. MDT Sunday, May 15, 2022 (peak totality at 10:11 p.m.)
When to see the total lunar eclipse (PDT) from “Blood Moon”
For the entire Pacific Time Zone, it will be a true “prime time” affair, although observers will miss the early phases of the eclipse – the Moon will already be partially eclipsed as it rises. Here’s when to see the whole thing:
- 8:29-9:53 p.m. PDT on Sunday, May 15, 2022 (peak totality at 9:11 p.m.)
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I wish you clear skies and big eyes.