May 15-16, 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse: Telescopic View

  • Released Thursday, March 24th, 2022
  • Updated Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 at 12:17AM
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Time (UTC) 2023-01-01T00:00
Obscuration 00.0%
Phase 00.0% (0d 0h 0m)
Diameter 0000.0 arcseconds
Distance 00.0 km (0.00 Earth diameters)
J2000 Right Ascension, Declination 0h 0m 0s, 0° 0' 0"
Sub-Solar Longitude, Latitude 0.000°, 0.000°
Sub-Earth Longitude, Latitude 0.000°, 0.000°
Position Angle 0.000°

Also see the shadow diagram and visibility map for this eclipse.

The total lunar eclipse of May 16, 2022 (the night of May 15 in the Western Hemisphere) occurs near perigee, making the Moon appear about 7% larger than average. This eclipse is ideally timed for viewing from most of the Western Hemisphere, including the Lower 48 of the United States. The total phase occurs near moonset in Africa and western Europe.

The sublunar point, the last line of the table above, is the point on the Earth's surface where the Moon is directly overhead. It's also the center of the hemisphere of the Earth where the eclipse is visible. The closer you are to that location, the higher the Moon will be in your sky. The eclipse percentage in the table is the fraction of the Moon covered by the Earth's umbra, the part of its shadow in which the Sun is completely blocked. The part of the shadow in which the Sun is only partially blocked is called the penumbra.

The animations on this page run from 1:00:00 to 7:29:50 UTC, which is also the valid range of times for this Dial-a-Moon. The exposure setting of the virtual camera changes around totality in order to capture the wide dynamic range of the eclipse. The parts of the Moon outside the umbra during the partial phases are almost as bright as an ordinary full moon, making the obstructed parts appear nearly black. But during totality, our eyes adjust and reveal a range of hues painted on the Moon by all of Earth's sunrises and sunsets.

All phases of a lunar eclipse are safe to view, both with your naked eye and an unfiltered telescope.



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