What time is the Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse?

Blood Moon occurs when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon. In the Earth's shadow, the Moon gradually darkens before taking on a red hue.

May 15, 2022 07:00 am

The sun, moon and Earth will align Sunday night for a total lunar eclipse on May 15, which occurs when the Earth moves into place between the sun and the full moon. As a result, the Earth casts a giant shadow across the lunar surface, giving the moon a striking reddish hue — which is why lunar eclipses are also referred to as blood moons.

Sunday's full moon is also considered a supermoon, meaning it looks bigger and brighter than usual because it's at the closest point to Earth in its orbit, also known as perigee.

The total lunar eclipse will be visible from portions of the America, Antarctica, Europe, Africa, and the East Pacific. In North and South America, the celestial spectacle will be visible on Sunday evening, while in Europe, it will come into view before dawn

Meanwhile a penumbral eclipse, where the outer part of Esrth’s Shadow blankets the moon will be visible in New Zealand, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

The lunar eclipse will not be visible in India but people can tune into NASA'S live stream of the event on May 15 -- which will begin at 11:00 pm (Eastern Time). In India, it translates to 8.30 am on Monday morning.

"Join NASA experts to learn about this incredible natural phenomenon, look through telescope views across the world and hear about plans to return humans to the lunar surface with the Artemis program. Have questions? Submit them using #askNASA," it said on its website.

Apart from the United States, the livestream will also cover the sighting in Italy and Spain.