AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – A total lunar eclipse will take place Sunday night and be visible in the CSRA. It is the first of two lunar eclipses in 2022.
According to timeanddate.com, the eclipse will begin in the Augusta area just after 9:30 p.m. Sunday night and last until almost 3 a.m. Monday morning, with the maximum eclipse occurring at 12:11 a.m.
“Our moon will shine a deep red or scarlet looking color during the first total lunar eclipse on Sunday night,” said WJBF NewsChannel 6 Chief Meteorologist Tim Miller. “A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, Earth and sun fall into alignment, with the moon passing through Earth shadow, it becomes a total eclipse when the moon passes through the most darkest part of the Earth’s shadow.”
A partial eclipse will start at 10:27PM with the total eclipse starting at 11:29PM,” Miller said. “We’ll have some scattered showers and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and evening, so there will be some left over clouds, however most of us should be able to see at least something Sunday night!”
It will also be a Super Blood Moon eclipse, due to the moon being at its closest point to earth for the month.
Light from our planet is refracted around the edges of the atmosphere and falls upon the moon’s surface. That’s where the red hue comes from, according to space.com.
Unlike a solar eclipse, no special equipment is needed to view a lunar eclipse. However, your view may depend on being in the right place at the right time.
If you can’t make it outside, there are several live streams of the event, including one by NASA Science Live that will include a discussion of eclipses as well as the agency’s moon-landing Artemis program.
Another lunar eclipse will occur on November 8th and will be at least partially visible in the CSRA.