The phenomenon has not been visible from the globe for two years. Monday May 16, during a total eclipse, the Moon will take on 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! You just need to look up at the right moment…
Rest assured, this eclipse can be observed with the naked eye, and poses no danger to the retina, unlike solar eclipses. And even without equipment, you will be able to happily 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 in Africa and Europe.
In mainland France, it will take place shortly before moonset, that is to say, just before dawn. You will therefore have to get up early Monday morning (or go to bed late, as you wish) 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 take place at 5:30 a.m.: at that time, the Moon will display its glowing colors for almost an hour and a half”, notes the magazine Ca m’intereste.
If you don’t wake up in time, you can still watch the NASA recording, available on YouTube.