The world will witness the first total lunar eclipse of the year on Sunday (May 15). The process of the solar eclipse will begin at 10:27 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on Sunday, which according to Indian Standard Time will be at 7:57 a.m. Monday, according to a DailyExpertNews report.
The total lunar eclipse starts an hour later. It ends at 12:53 a.m. EST (10:15 a.m. IST), the DailyExpertNews report said.
Just before totality, the moon will emit a reddish hue, which is why it is called “Blood Moon”. This will happen because when the sun’s rays reach Earth, much of the blue and green light is scattered, while the orange and red colors remain visible.
During the total lunar eclipse, the Moon will also almost disappear for some time.
What is a lunar eclipse?
It is a phase when the moon enters the shadow of the earth. This can only happen if the sun, earth and moon are very closely aligned (like a straight line), with the earth between the other two. It casts a shadow on the lunar surface and causes a lunar eclipse.
According to the European Space Agency (ESA), a lunar eclipse only occurs during a full moon and can last up to six hours.
During a solar eclipse, two shadows are cast. The first is called the umbra (the total shadow that falls on a narrow strip of land). It is the dark center of the eclipse shadow. The second, less dark shade is called penumbra. It is a partial shade that covers a larger area.
How to view the solar eclipse?
The lunar eclipse can be seen with the naked eye, according to space scientists. “The great thing about lunar eclipses is that you don’t need any equipment other than a passion and interest in being outdoors and a clear horizon,” Noah Petro, head of NASA’s Planetary Geology, told DailyExpertNews.
The total lunar eclipse lasts only a very short time, so enthusiasts won’t be able to enjoy it much. But the moon will change color throughout the eclipse for skygazers to enjoy.
Where will the eclipse be visible?
This total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Southern Hemisphere. This means parts of South America, Europe and countries in the Middle East will see glimpses of the “Blood Red” Moon.
Will the solar eclipse be visible in India?
New. The eclipse will be visible in Rome, Brussels, London, Paris, Havana, Johannesburg, Lagos, Madrid, Madrid, Santiago, Washington DC, New York, Guatemala City, Rio de Janeiro and Chicago, among others.
The partial eclipse will be visible in Ankara, Cairo, Honolulu, Budapest and Athens.
How can people in India see the solar eclipse?
Although the eclipse will not be visible in India, those interested can watch a live stream of the event on NASA. From 11 p.m. ET on May 15 to 12 noon ET on May 16 ET, which is Monday, May 16 8:33 a.m. IST, the space agency will livestream the eclipse, with experts commenting on each step of the process.