Find out how to follow the “Blood Moon” in Brazil this Sunday

Arrived! A real astronomical spectacle is planned for this Sunday (15). Known as Blood Moon, the total lunar eclipse can be seen from Brazil. In fact, the phenomenon will be visible across North and South America, Europe, Africa and parts of Asia.

As for New Zealand, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, the eclipse will be penumbral (when the Moon passes through only the Earth’s penumbra, so its coverage, although total, is almost imperceptible – it is not even hidden, only with the lowest luminosity).

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The Moon will begin crossing Earth’s shadow at 11:28 p.m. Sunday (15) and end at 2:55 a.m. Monday (16). According to the estimated calculations, the period during which it will be fully covered will be from 0:30 to 1:54.

If the sky is clear, the Brazilian population will be able to follow all the phases of the Moon being covered by the shadow of our planet. In other words, we may see Earth’s natural satellite darken, turn red and then return to its natural glow.

Check the schedule:

  • 10:32 p.m.: penumbral eclipse – when Earth’s shadow begins to touch the face of the Moon
  • 11:27 p.m.: partial eclipse – when the moon begins to turn red
  • 00:29: start of the total eclipse – when the moon will be very red
  • 01:11 a.m.: maximum eclipse – when the Moon will be right in the center of the Earth’s shadow
  • 1h53: end of the total eclipse
  • 2:55 am: end of the partial eclipse
  • 3:50 a.m.: end of the penumbral eclipse
The Total Lunar Clipse Will Form the Blood Moon Next Sunday
Image : Tragoolchitr Jittasaiyapan –

According to Marcelo Zurita, columnist for Netcost-Security, president of the Paraiba Astronomy Association (APA) and technical director of the Brazilian Meteor Observation Network (Bramon), the eclipse will be particularly interesting because the full moon on May 15 will occur when it is close to its perigee (the position closest to Earth in the month), which will make it appear larger in the sky.

For this reason, some associate the eclipse with the phenomenon known as a supermoon. “The Moon will be close to perigee, which will make it appear larger in the sky. But it only passes its perigee on the 17th, at 15:24 UTC. The criteria used to determine a supermoon is that the full moon and perigee occur within 24 hours of each other,” Zurita explains.

Where to watch Blood Moon?

However, with the size of Brazil, it is not difficult for some areas to be full of clouds in the sky, making it impossible to observe the phenomenon live. If this is your case, you can access the official NASA YouTube channel or the National Observatory channel.

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