Why This Total Lunar Eclipse is a Rare Must-See for New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts
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Our rare Lunar Eclipse this Sunday night into Monday morning on May 15-16 is a Super Flower Blood Moon and will be in full view for you and I. Not everyone can say that, according to NASA. I've included a simulation video near the end of this article, as well as a link so you can view this spectacular astronomical event online Sunday night and Monday morning.
First of all, a Super Flower Blood Moon is a Super Moon combined with a Flower Blood Moon, and that's rare. One of my colleagues laughingly said that this means there's going to be lot of extra energy, so get ready.
Anyway, as I mentioned above, we're very fortunate here in New England. NASA says that while other places will only be able to see a partial lunar eclipse, the eastern seaboard will get the full Monty.
Secondly, while we will be able to see every phase of this incredibly rare eclipse, it is the only total lunar eclipse that we will see here in New England this year in 2022. NASA says to take advantage if the weather permits.
Okay, here's your clock breakdown so you can plan your outdoor eclipse-watching get-together in your backyard, or grab that blanket, some wine, and a charcuterie board and head to the beach to watch this stunning celestial event.
The sun sets and the moon rises at 7:50 on Sunday night. And being a Super Flower Blood Moon, we both know that watching this moon rise will be absolutely stunning in itself.
The eclipse will slowly start to appear at 9:32 on Sunday night, where we will see the face of this full Flower Red Super Moon start to darken. It will peak at 12:11 on Monday morning with a total blackout before we start to see the moon reappear and fully light up our night sky at 2:50.
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Oh, and I'm sure you know that unlike the sun, it's totally safe to stare directly at a lunar eclipse.
If our New England weather keeps us inside, you can watch the lunar eclipse right here, where NASA will broadcast it live.