Lunar eclipse 2022: How to see the blood Moon in the UAE

Celestial event will be visible in the US, South America, Europe and parts of Africa

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A total lunar eclipse will be visible in many parts of the world on Monday, during which the Moon will turn a reddish colour.

Called the ‘super blood Moon’, the cosmic event will be visible in the US, South America, Europe and parts of Africa.

Nasa will livestream the eclipse on its website, with coverage starting on Monday at 7am UAE time.

“A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon align so that the Moon passes into Earth’s shadow. In a total lunar eclipse, the entire Moon falls within the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra,” the US space agency said on its website.

“When the Moon is within the umbra, it will turn a reddish hue. Lunar eclipses are sometimes called ‘Blood Moon’ because of this phenomenon.”

Stargazers do not need special equipment to see the lunar eclipse, although binoculars or telescopes will enhance the viewing experience.

People in the eastern half of the US and all of South America will be able to see every stage of the eclipse.

In the UAE, a partial solar eclipse will be visible on October 25. It will be at its maximum at 3.52pm UAE time, when 35 per cent of the Sun’s surface will be covered by the Moon.

Updated: May 16, 2022, 3:58 AM