Sky will put on a show Sunday with total lunar eclipse visible in Louisville

As summer approaches and the weather warms up, our closest celestial neighbor has a special treat for sky watchers: a total lunar eclipse visible across North and South America on Sunday night, May 15. The eclipse will begin when Earth’s shadow appears on the moon at 10:27 p.m. EDT on Sunday night. Over the course of an hour, the shadow will slide across the moon, covering the lunar surface in darkness. During the 84-minute event, the moon will only receive sunlight deflected through Earth’s atmosphere and will change color over the minutes from gray to pink to orange to red, which is why it is known as as “blood moon”. The “super” part of the upcoming full moon comes from the moon’s proximity to the earth, which makes it appear much larger than usual. The Old Farmer’s Almanac reports that there will be four supermoons in 2022. Sunday’s sky show is also the “flower” moon, a name given to May’s full moon because “flowers bloom in abundance in North America.” North this month,” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Other names for the full moon in May include the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon, says NASA. By the way, there is no need for special glasses for this show, unlike a solar eclipse, so feel free to look directly at the moon. Binoculars or a spotting scope will improve your view…just like popcorn. This will be the first of two lunar eclipses in 2022. According to Space.com, another one will grace the sky on November 8, 2022.

As summer approaches and the weather warms up, our closest celestial neighbor has a special treat for sky watchers: a total lunar eclipse visible across North and South America on Sunday night, May 15.

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The eclipse will begin when Earth’s shadow appears on the moon at 10:27 p.m. EDT on Sunday night. Over the course of an hour, the shadow will slide across the moon, covering the lunar surface in darkness.

During the 84-minute event, the moon will only receive sunlight deflected through Earth’s atmosphere and will change color over the minutes from gray to pink to orange to red, which is why it is known as as “blood moon”.

The “super” part of the upcoming full moon comes from the moon’s proximity to the earth, which makes it appear much larger than usual. The Old Farmer’s Almanac reports that there will be four supermoons in 2022.

Sunday’s sky show is also the “flower” moon, a name given to May’s full moon because “flowers bloom in abundance across North America this month,” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Other names for the full moon in May include the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon, says NASA.

By the way, no special glasses are needed for this show, unlike a solar eclipse, so feel free to look directly at the moon. Binoculars or a spotting scope will improve your view…just like popcorn.

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This will be the first of two lunar eclipses in 2022.

According to Space.com, another will grace the sky on November 8, 2022.

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