Mon 16 May 2022
Astronomy Ireland has told Irish stargazers to be on the lookout for a blood moon just before dawn on Monday, 16 May. This will be just before the sun rises and the moon sets.
It’s an extremely rare sight as the moon will appear to become deep red in colour in the sky.
Astronomy Ireland said: “This Blood Moon total eclipse will be visible in Ireland, Europe, most of the Americas, Africa and most of Asia”
“Here in Ireland. It will begin at 3:32 am and Maximum is at 5:11 am. We encourage all to get out and enjoy this spectacle.”
In Dublin, it should be visible from 4.29 am.
David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine said: “Everyone should watch as the moon goes down in the west and dawn begins to break.”
A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and the moon are all aligned – with the Earth in the middle.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned with Earth between the other two, which can happen only on the night of a full moon.