May 15th Lunar Eclipse & what the heck is a Blood Moon anyway?

Super Moon Total Lunar Eclipse by Kenneth Raymond

Super Moon Total Lunar Eclipse by Kenneth Raymond

On the night of Sunday, May 15th, a lunar eclipse will begin at 10:28 pm with total eclipse (when the moon turns red) occurring at 12:11 am. The red cast of the moon at total eclipse has inexplicably become popularized as a “blood moon” in recent years. NASA’s page on viewing the total lunar eclipse gives viewing information & explains why the moon turns red during a lunar eclipse:

The same phenomenon that makes our sky blue and our sunsets red causes the Moon to turn red during a lunar eclipse. It’s called Rayleigh scattering. Light travels in waves, and different colors of light have different physical properties. Blue light has a shorter wavelength and is scattered more easily by particles in Earth’s atmosphere than red light, which has a longer wavelength.

Red light, on the other hand, travels more directly through the atmosphere. When the Sun is overhead, we see blue light throughout the sky. But when the Sun is setting, sunlight must pass through more atmosphere and travel farther before reaching our eyes. The blue light from the Sun scatters away, and longer-wavelength red, orange, and yellow light pass through.

During a lunar eclipse, the Moon turns red because the only sunlight reaching the Moon passes through Earth’s atmosphere. The more dust or clouds in Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the Moon will appear. It’s as if all the world’s sunrises and sunsets are projected onto the Moon.

Kenneth took this in Detroit back in September of 2015 during the super moon total eclipse. See more in his The Night Sky gallery on Flickr and view & purchase prints & other products on his website.

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6 thoughts on “May 15th Lunar Eclipse & what the heck is a Blood Moon anyway?

  1. Really appreciate your keeping us up to date on events like this! Hoping for a clear night on the 15th. I’d love to see it, although I bet what I’d see isn’t as beautiful as that photo!

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  2. WOW…..THIS LUNAR ECLIPSE ON MAY 15th IS MY 72 BIRTHDAY. WHAT A MIRACLE TO HAVE THIS
    GIFTED TO ME ON THIS VERY INCREDIBLE BIRTHDAY. THANK YOU MOTHER NATURE ALONG WITH
    THE MAN IN THE MOON. YOU ARE MAKING MY BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR “”A ONCE IN A LIFETIME GIFT❣””
    THE “BIGGEST THANK YOU” OF ALL GOES OUT TO THE HAND OF GOD OUR FATHER,WHOM WITH OUT
    HIS CREATIONS/AND LOVE, NONE OF THIS WONDER WOULD BE POSSIBLE. AMEN

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  3. I FORGOT TO MENTION THANK YOU FOR BRINGING TO MY ATTENTION OF MAY 15th LUNAR ECLIPSE.
    I GOT SO EXCITEDN I FORGOT TO THANK KENNETH RAYMOND FOR HIS PHOTO,AND THANK MICHIGAN
    IN PICTURES FOR POSTING THE ECLIPSE/BLOOD MOON INFO. KOUDOES (SP?) TO YOU FOR THE INFO.
    VERY INTERESTING‼️

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