How and when to watch, stream and photograph this weekend’s total lunar eclipse

On Sunday, May 15 and through Monday, 16, 2022, there will be a major total lunar eclipse – a “Blood Moon” – visible across North America for a breathtaking 84 minutes.

All you need is a clear sky and big eyes.

Here’s exactly when you can watch this week’s “Super Flower Blood Moon Eclipse” from every US state, where to stream it online, how to shoot it, and everything else you need to know:

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When to see the total lunar eclipse of the ‘Blood Moon’

Although the different live streams start at different times, the solar eclipse is a global event. So here’s the celestial schedule for North America on Sunday, May 15, and through Monday, 16, 2022.

Between these times, go outside to see with your own naked eyes how the full moon takes on a strange-looking reddish hue:

  • 11:29 p.m.-oo:53 a.m. EDT on Sunday, May 15 – Monday, 16, 2022 (peak total at 12:11 a.m.)
  • 10:29-11:53 a.m. CDT on Sunday, May 15, 2022 (peak totality at 11:11 p.m.)
  • 9:29 PM-10:53 PM MDT on Sunday, May 15, 2022 (peak totality at 10:11 PM)
  • 8:29 PM-9:53 PM PDT on Sunday, May 15, 2022 (peak totality at 9:11 PM)

Where to Live Stream the Total Lunar Eclipse of ‘Blood Moon’

There are so many fake live streams on YouTube showing old junk that could easily be a previous solar eclipse, or even something less relevant.

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Avoid them all and go for these two reliable live streams from Timeanddate.com and from Flagstaff, Arizona’s Lowell Observatory. You will see the real thing and you will learn a lot:

How to photograph the total lunar eclipse of the ‘Blood Moon’

There are some excellent tutorials on photographing the total lunar eclipse with a smartphone and a “correct” camera – see here, here and here – but the basics are:

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How to make a ‘Blood Moon’ close up

  • use a mirrorless or DSR camera with a 500-600mm telephoto lens (although 300mm is about enough).
  • focus on infinity.
  • start at ISO 100, f/8 aperture and 1/125-1/250 sec shutter speed, but when totality kicks in and the moon turns red, try ISO 800 and f4-f8. Also experiment with shutter speed, but don’t go slower than 1/2 sec.

How to photograph the ‘Blood Moon’ with a smartphone

  • put something interesting in the foreground, such as a tree, building, or mountain (but avoid anything brightly lit).
  • put your smartphone on a tripod because a slow shutter speed is needed.
  • lock your exposure on the moon by pressing it on the screen then take the photo. It will take a few seconds, possibly about 25 seconds if you are in a dark place (the darker the better!).
  • experiment with manual settings if your phone allows it/if you have a third-party app.

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How to observe the total lunar eclipse of the ‘Blood Moon’

All you need are your own naked eyes and a clear sky, although binoculars (or a small telescope) will help you get a fantastic close-up.

There are several stages of the eclipse to observe, most notably the partial phase where the moon begins to turn red. However, with such a long totality, you only need to be outside within those 84 minutes of totality.

Disclaimer: I am the editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com

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I wish you a clear sky and big eyes.

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