On Sunday, May 15, 2022, a lunar eclipse can be witnessed in the Oakland hills as the first blood moon of the year rises through the trees. Early Tuesday morning, people all over the world will be able to see a total lunar eclipse or “blood moon.” If the weather cooperates, people in the Bay Area may also be able to see it.
When the Earth lines up with the sun and casts a shadow on the moon, this happens. Elinor Gates, a staff astronomer at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, told SFGATE on Sunday that this makes the moon’s surface look ruddy and red-orange because the atmosphere bends the red light from the sun and lets it shine on the moon.
This is the second total eclipse of the moon this year, and the next one won’t happen until 2025.
Gates said, “These are great events because you don’t need a telescope to see them.” “An eclipse of the moon moves very slowly. You can go outside, look around, and then come back inside if it starts to get cold. You just need a clear sky, and it’s best if there aren’t too many city lights around so you can see it well.
Gates said that in California, the totality of the eclipse, which is when the Earth completely covers the moon, will start at 2:16 a.m. and end at 3:41 a.m., but people will be able to see parts of it as early as midnight.
“You’ll see that instead of a full moon, you won’t be able to see as much of the moon,” said Gates. “As the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow, it will get dimmer, and you’ll only see a crescent moon.”‘
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Dust, volcanic ash, and pollution in the Earth’s atmosphere cause the moon to turn deep red during an eclipse. The more of these things there are, the redder the moon will look. But it’s still not clear how visible the event will be.
A National Weather Service meteorologist, Roger Gass, told SFGATE on Sunday, “I’d say it’s going to be hard with the weather system that’s coming through over the next few days.” “Unfortunately, I don’t think the clouds will clear up much across the state of California.”
Friendly reminder to look for the upcoming lunar eclipse. This is an excellent time to visually see what the shape of the Earth is. If the shadow is round, the Earth must be too… but if it's flat? Would probably looks like this: pic.twitter.com/IRsvUNNSi2
— Andrew McCarthy (@AJamesMcCarthy) November 7, 2022
But you might still want to take a look. In contrast to other parts of the world, the eclipse should be easy to see from start to finish on the West Coast.
A staff astronomer at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, Ben Burress, told KQED on Thursday that the moon will be deepest in shadow and darkest at 2:59 a.m. “This is the time to set your alarm if you only want to get up for a few minutes to look at the eclipse.” The educational center will have a party to watch the total lunar eclipse on Monday night from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Astronomer Gerald McKeegan will give a live talk at midnight. A partial eclipse can still be seen until 5:56 a.m.
Gates said, “You don’t have to go very far.” “Most people can see it from their backyards if there aren’t too many trees or streetlights.”
In 36 hours, Earth’s shadow will temporarily be cast onto our moon, creating a lunar eclipse. When the moon is completely covered, it will take on a red hue: the projection of thousands of sunsets onto the lunar surface. Here’s one of my captures from a previous eclipse. pic.twitter.com/gcvt406VLd
— Andrew McCarthy (@AJamesMcCarthy) November 6, 2022
There’s going to be a blood moon lunar eclipse on Election Day and while I don’t believe in signs and portents I can’t help but think that this is not a good omen. https://t.co/CLEvCRZlFF
— Howard Sherman (@HESherman) November 5, 2022
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