Luna Rosa 2022, Total Eclipse Tonight: Times and Where to Look

The event will run from May 15 to 16 at 3:32 pm and the partial eclipse will begin at 4:20 pm. The peak phase of a full lunar eclipse is reported from 5.30 am to 6.50 am. This phenomenon is also visible from Italy, but the satellite is already set at its peak. Live images will be broadcast by the virtual telescope program

The moon is getting ready to dress in red: tonight, between May 15 and 16, there will be its total eclipse, an astronomical event known as the ‘Red Moon’. This phenomenon is also known from Italy, but only to the first part: the peak, actually at dawn, when the moon sets, so unnoticed. But that’s not all: in addition to red, it would also be a “Superluna”. The satellite will be close to the minimum distance (Perigee) from Earth, which will appear slightly larger than average, although it will be difficult to perceive.

Event times

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The show will be broadcast live Virtual telescope projectA phase eclipse of about 04:20 is the moment the Moon begins to enter the Earth-formed penumbral cone, which begins at 03:32 Italian time, with images of Rome and the United States. When the moon is fully within the shadow cone, the total phase begins at 05:29 Italian time, reaching a maximum of 06:11. However, on May 16, our satellite will be set to 05:51, about 20 minutes after the start of the total phase and 20 minutes before its peak, which will last until about 06:50, so it can be tracked less than halfway. Of the whole event. The partial eclipse phase will end at 7.50 am and the full eclipse phase will end at 8.50 am.

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Why the moon turns red

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The entire eclipse can be seen with the naked eye, even with or without the aid of a telescope. During fullness, but in an advanced partial phase, the moon acquires a characteristic red color, which gives the event its name. This is because the Moon, which is in the shadow of the Earth at that time, still receives small amounts of sunlight that is distracted by the Earth’s atmospheric refraction. The same red halo is visible when looking at an eclipse from the moon without looking from the earth: if so, it will be a solar eclipse, which will be covered by the path of our planet. 2022 will give us a second eclipse on November 8, but it will be completely invisible from Italy.

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