Total lunar eclipse is a great source of inspiration for astrophotographers and an opportunity to take some amazing photos. And this year’s first lunar eclipse is just around the corner, bringing along some extra treats.
On the night of 15 and 16 May 2022, astronomy and astrophotography enthusiasts across the world will be treated to a total lunar eclipse. It’s also dubbed “Blood Moon” as the moon turns red when it reaches totality. The event coincides with a supermoon, as well as the full moon, so we’re in for quite a spectacle.
The total lunar eclipse will be visible in North and South America, and parts of Europe, and Africa. South and West Asia, and other regions of Africa and Europe will see the Blood Moon only as a partial eclipse. But from my experience, it’s still very photogenic and wonderful to observe through a telescope.
If you’re not sure whether or not you’ll be able to see the total lunar eclipse, you can find your city on timeanddate.com. For example, the Blood Moon won’t be visible as the moon will still be below the horizon. However, we’ll be able to see a partial eclipse, and I’ll get my telescope ready and hope for the clear skies.