On the night of Monday, May 16, the moon will turn red with blood. At least this is the case in some parts of Africa, North and South America, the Middle East, New Zealand, Antarctica and also Europe. For the first time this year away Lunar Eclipse watch the earth slip directly between the moon and the sun.
When does a lunar eclipse occur?
Usually the sun shines on the moon, which reflects light back to the earth, so the moon itself seems to shine. However, if the earth moves between the moon and the sun during the lunar eclipse, the moon falls into the earth’s umbrella. This happens an average of a couple of times a year.
Although the natural spectacle is called the Eclipse of the Moon, the Moon is only dark – it looks reddish. This is because sunlight is refracted by the earth’s atmosphere and it is broken down into color components. Longwave blue light is scattered more, red less. The latter is thus directed at the umbrella of the ground. As a result, the moon turns red.
However, red only appears during a complete lunar eclipse. During penumbral eclipse, the moon falls only into the lighter part of the shadow and mostly darkens slightly. During a partial lunar eclipse, the moon partially moves into the earth’s umbrella and becomes darker.
When can you see the lunar eclipse?
According to the website timeanddate.com penumbral eclipse begins on the morning of May 16 at 3:32 p.m. In Central European Time, a partial lunar eclipse occurs at 4.27. 5:29 p.m. the moon is completely in the umbrella. The moon may still be visible just above the horizon at this time, but the rising sun may complicate the view.
The total lunar eclipse phase reaches a peak at 6.11 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. However, from Germany, the moon has already sunk beyond the horizon. So if you want to see the lunar eclipse well, a place with a good view of the western horizon is recommended. The further west, the longer you can watch the moon, because here the sun sets a little later. In the south-west of Europe, such as Spain and Portugal, conditions in Europe should be particularly good.
The next complete lunar eclipse will be seen on November 8, 2022, but only in some parts of Northern and Eastern Europe. After that, there is a break of more than two years until 2025. March. the moon falls back into the umbrella of the earth and a redness of blood appears.