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Lunar Eclipse 2022: When is it and where will it be seen?


The first lunar eclipse from 2022 can be seen in Barcelona in all its splendor next May 16. It will be a total and perfectly visible lunar eclipse, as long as we look for a clear place to view it. In addition, in this case the phenomenon ‘blood Moon’since the placement of the Sun, Earth, and Moon will cause the satellite to appear red.

when will it be visible

The partial eclipse It will start at 4:28 a.m. and end at 7:55 a.m. The total eclipse will begin at 5:29 hours and will end at 6:54reaching its peak at 6:11 hours.

However, it should be borne in mind that in Barcelona on May 16 the moon will rise at 9:53 p.m. and set at 6:39 a.m., so the moon will set before the end of its phase of totality, we will only be able to see its initial phase and the moment of maximum coverage. This will happen in Catalonia and throughout the peninsular northeast and the Balearic Islands, while in the rest of the peninsula the entire total phase will be seen.

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Where to see the eclipse

The only drawback, leaving aside the fact that the weather is accompanying that day and we have a cloud-free sky, will be in the position of the moon for that May 16: the star will be located in the sky in a position between low and very low.

Thus, the best place to contemplate it will be looking for open or clear areas of buildings and, if possible, avoiding light pollution: attics, rooftops, beaches, or in mountain areas such as the Aigues or Montjuïc roads would be good places to enjoy a total eclipse that will be seen again in autumn, on November 8. Unlike solar eclipses, with this lunar eclipse you will not need any type of device or eye protection to view it.

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What is a lunar eclipse?

The lunar eclipse is a phenomenon by which the Earth prevents the Sun’s light from reaching the Moon, generating a shadow cone that obscures the Moon. The totally eclipsed Moon takes on a characteristic reddish color due to the scattering of light refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere. They are much more frequent and

Unlike solar eclipses, which can be seen from only a relatively small part of the Earth and last a few minutes, a lunar eclipse can be seen from anywhere on Earth where it is night and last for several hours. .

Lunar eclipses are divided into three types: total, partial Y prenumbral. the lunar eclipse total it happens when the Moon has completely reached the threshold zone; the partial it is when only a part of the moon is located in the umbra; with the prenumbral only a subtle darkening of the lunar surface occurs.

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