Total lunar eclipse on May 16: when and where to see the show in Italy

It will not be the lunar eclipse longest of the century – that record currently belongs to Beaver Moon, November 2021 – but the one that will take place in mid-May will still be spectacular. First of all it will be total (the first of the year) and will be visible in different areas of the world, from South America to Antarctica. We Europeans will also be lucky in this roundsince we will be able to enjoy the show as long as the weather conditions allow it.

WHEN



The date to be marked is that of May 16, the time depends on the location. Below are some examples for northern, central and southern Italy:

  • WHEN: May 16, 2022
  • TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: Yup
  • AT WHAT TIME:

    • Milan:

      • duration: 2h22m10s
      • total coverage duration of the lunar disk: 25m12s
      • early twilight: 3:32:05
      • partial eclipse start: 4:27:52
      • total eclipse start: 5:29:03
      • maximum: 5:50:44
      • Moon sunset: 5:54:15
      • end of total eclipse: below the horizon
      • end partial eclipse: below the horizon
      • late twilight: below the horizon
    • Rome:

      • duration: 2h19m9s
      • total coverage duration of the lunar disk: 22m11s
      • early twilight: 3:32:05
      • partial eclipse start: 4:27:52
      • total eclipse start: 5:29:03
      • maximum: 5:47:50
      • Moon sunset: 5:51:14
      • end of total eclipse: below the horizon
      • end partial eclipse: below the horizon
      • late twilight: below the horizon
    • Palermo:

      • duration: 2h25m20s
      • total coverage duration of the lunar disk: 28m22s
      • early twilight: 3:32:05
      • partial eclipse start: 4:27:52
      • total eclipse start: 5:29:03
      • maximum: 5:54:30
      • Moon sunset: 5:57:25
      • end of total eclipse: below the horizon
      • end partial eclipse: below the horizon
      • late twilight: below the horizon

Other parts of Europe to the east will experience only a partial eclipse. For us in Italy the show will instead be (almost) complete, since we will only miss the final phase, that of the exit of the Moon from the shadow cone generated by the Earth. At that moment, in fact, the Moon will have already set.

HOW MANY TYPES OF LUNAR ECLIPSES ARE THERE?

Recall that lunar eclipses can be of three types:

  • penumbral: the Moon transits through the penumbra of the Earth
  • partial: the Moon partially transits through the shadow of the Earth and only part of it is hidden
  • total: the Moon completely transits through the shadow of the Earth. It also includes the half-light and partial phases

WHY DOES IT BECOME RED?

During a total eclipse (but not only), the Moon becomes di reddish color. The reason is related to the refraction of light by the atmosphere of the Earth: when the Moon is in the shadow cone of our planet, the light of the Sun passes through the atmosphere of the Earth which absorbs a small fraction – the one with frequency close to blue. At our sight the Moon therefore appears illuminated with a wavelength corresponding to the reddish gradation.

If you want to follow the total lunar eclipse on YouTube, Timeanddate.com offers this possibility. Below we leave the link to the video that will air in 10 days.

Credits opening image: ESA


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