The phenomenon has not been visible from the globe for two years. Monday, May 16, during a total eclipse, the Moon will be adorned with a flamboyant red color, reflecting the sun, opposite its orbit. The Earth will then be located right between the two stars: the sun’s rays will thus “pierce” the planet to tickle the satellite, offering a unique spectacle: that of the “Blood Moon”.
The parade occurs twice a year, but is not always observable from Earth. This year, luckily, the phenomenon will be visible almost everywhere! Just look up at the right time…
Rest assured, this eclipse is observable with the naked eye, and does not present any danger to the retina, unlike solar eclipses. And even without equipment, you will be able to enjoy the show, since the colors should be intense.
So, where and when to observe the “Blood Moon”? This year, the eclipse is entirely visible from the American continent, and partially from Africa and Europe.
In mainland France, it will take place shortly before the moon sets, that is to say, just before dawn. It will therefore be necessary to get up early Monday morning (or go to bed late, as desired) to have a chance to observe the phenomenon.
“The penumbral eclipse will take place at 3:30 a.m., the umbral eclipse at 4:30 a.m. Finally, the total eclipse will be held at 5:30 a.m.: at that time, the Moon will display its glowing colors for nearly an hour and a half,” notes Ca m’intrigue magazine.
If you do not wake up in time, however, you can watch the NASA recording, available on Youtube.