The event will start on the night between 15 and 16 May at 3:32 am, while the partial eclipse phase will begin at 4:20. The peak phase of the total lunar eclipse will be recorded between 5.30 and 6.50 in the morning. The phenomenon will also be visible from Italy, but in its peak phase the satellite will have already set. Live images will be broadcast by the Virtual Telescope Project
The Moon is preparing to dress in red: this night, between 15 and 16 May, there will be its total eclipse, the astronomical phenomenon that generates the so-called ‘Red Moon’. The phenomenon will also be visible from Italy, but only for the first part: the peak, in fact, will be at dawn, when the Moon sets, and therefore will not be observable. But that’s not all: in addition to being red, it will also be a “Superluna”. The satellite will be close to the minimum distance from Earth (perigee), a condition that will make it appear a little larger than average, although it will be difficult to realize.
Times of the phenomenon
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The event will be broadcast live by the Virtual Telescope Project, with images from Rome and the Americas, starting at 03:32 Italian time, the moment when the Moon will begin to enter the twilight cone created by the Earth as it transits in front of the Sun At about 4:20 am the partial eclipse phase will begin. When the Moon is completely inside the shadow cone the total phase will begin, at 05:29 Italian time, which will reach its maximum at 06:11. However, on May 16th our satellite will set at 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 will be possible to follow just under half. of the whole phenomenon. The partial eclipse phase will end at 7.50, while the entire eclipse phase will end at 8.50.
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The total eclipse will be perfectly visible to the naked eye, even without the help of binoculars or a telescope. During the totality, but also in an advanced partial phase, the Moon acquires the characteristic red color that gives its name to the phenomenon. This is due to the fact that at that moment the Moon, which is in the shadow cone of the Earth, still receives a small amount of solar rays deflected by the Earth’s atmospheric refraction. The same red halo would be visible even if we looked at the eclipse from the Moon instead of from the Earth: in that case, however, it would be an eclipse of the Sun, covered by the passage of our planet. 2022 will also offer us a second eclipse, on November 8, but this will be completely invisible from Italy.