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May 14, 2022

The Moon does its best Mars impersonation

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At first glance it sure fooled me.

In fact, the photo up top is of a total lunar eclipse of the sun, taken on May 26, 2021 over Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California.

But wait — it's gonna happen again tomorrow night (Sunday, May 15, 2022) around midnight.

From an Associated Press story:

A total lunar eclipse will grace the night skies this weekend.

The action unfolds Sunday night into early Monday morning, when the Moon will bath in the reflected red and orange hues of Earth's sunsets and sunrises for about 90 minutes, one of the longest totalities of the decade.

It will be the first so-called "blood moon" in a year.

Observers in the eastern half of North America and all of Central and South America will have prime seats for the whole show, weather permitting.

A total eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly between the moon and the sun and casts a shadow on the moon.


"Why Does the Moon Turn Red?" by Aparna Kher explains it nicely; read it here.

May 14, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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