Lunar Eclipse16 May 2022- know why the moon will appear 12 percent larger and more red on that day.

Table of contents

  • Lunar eclipse 2022
  • Why the moon is red on 16 May
  • Which cities will witness lunar eclipse 2022
  • Partial lunar eclipse 2022
  • Why is it called a Blood Moon?
  • Other details
  • Will it be a Blood Moon?
  • When the Eclipse Happens Worldwide — Timeline
  • Quick Facts About This Eclipse


Lunar Eclipse 2022:

The Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan is an incredible phenomenon that is set to take place on 16 may 2022.

Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan occurs when the Moon and the Sun are on opposite sides of the earth. It leads to a complete block of sunlight on the Moon. Thus, Chandra Grahan occurs when the Moon enters the Earth’s shadow, gradually darkening, until it turns from silver-gray to orange or red.

Lunar eclipse 2022

This year, the Lunar Eclipse will be even more spectacular because the Moon will be closer to its center, or the closest point to Earth, making it appear larger in the sky. On the night of the eclipse, the Moon will appear 12 percent larger.

People throughout North and South America and parts of Europe and Africa will be able to see this amazing miracle firsthand.

Why the moon is red on 16 May 2022

The Moon has no light — it shines because its face reflects sunlight. During a total eclipse, the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon and cuts off the Moon’s light. When this happens, the Moon’s face gets a red light instead of completely black.

Which cities will witness lunar eclipse 2022

The Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible in most parts of the southern hemisphere. While it will not be visible in India, parts of South America, Europe, and middle-east nations will see a glimpse of the Moon turning blood red over the weekend. In this eclipse, up to 99.1% of the Moon’s disk will be within Earth’s umbra.

Partial lunar eclipse 2022

Partial lunar eclipse 2022

The Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan always falls on Full Moon (Purnima Tithti). Lunar Eclipse 2022 or Chandra Grahan occurs, when the Sun and the Moon are on the exact opposite side of the earth. 

Why is it called a Blood Moon?

A total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a Blood Moon given the deep red tinge the Moon takes on when fully eclipsed.

How to watch the lunar eclipse? 

If you are unable to watch the eclipse from your area due to any reason, you can watch the same live by visiting the official NASA website. NASA will also be live-streaming the event on its social media platforms and the official YouTube Channel.

Other details

A lunar eclipse takes place when the moon and the Sun are on the exact opposite sides of the Earth, resulting in a complete blockage of sunlight on the moon. This year, the lunar eclipse will also cause what is popularly known as the ‘Blood Moon’ phenomena. 

Will it be a Blood Moon?

This year’s Lunar Eclipse will also be known as Blood Moon as the reddish tint on its surface gives it a unique appearance. This phenomenon is due to rayleigh scattering.  The Lunar Eclipse 2022 also coincides with Buddha Purnima and commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha.

Blood red moon


When the Eclipse Happens Worldwide — Timeline

Lunar eclipses can be visible from everywhere on the night side of the Earth, if the sky is clear. From some places the entire eclipse will be visible, while in other areas the Moon will rise or set during the eclipse.

EventUTC TimeTime in Bhopal*Visible in Bhopal
Penumbral Eclipse begins16 May, 01:32:0516 May, 07:02:05No, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse begins16 May, 02:27:5216 May, 07:57:52No, below the horizon
Full Eclipse begins16 May, 03:29:0316 May, 08:59:03No, below the horizon
Maximum Eclipse16 May, 04:11:2816 May, 09:41:28No, below the horizon
Full Eclipse ends16 May, 04:53:5516 May, 10:23:55No, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse ends16 May, 05:55:0716 May, 11:25:07No, below the horizon
Penumbral Eclipse ends16 May, 06:50:4916 May, 12:20:49No, below the horizon
Timeline lunar eclipse

Quick Facts About This Eclipse

DataValueComments
Magnitude1.414Fraction of the Moon’s diameter covered by Earth’s umbra
Obscuration100.0%Percentage of the Moon’s area covered by Earth’s umbra
Penumbral magnitude2.373Fraction of the Moon’s diameter covered by Earth’s penumbra
Overall duration5 hours, 19 minutesPeriod between the beginning and end of all eclipse phases
Duration of totality1 hour, 25 minutesPeriod between the beginning and end of the total phase
Duration of partial phases2 hours, 2 minutesCombined period of both partial phases
Duration of penumbral phases1 hour, 51 minutesCombined period of both penumbral phases
Facts on lunar eclipse

The Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan is an incredible phenomenon that is set to take place on 16 may 2022.





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