How And When To See, Stream And Photograph This Weekend’s Total Lunar Eclipse

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

All you need is clear skies and big eyes.

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

When to see the total blood moon eclipse

Although different live streams start at different times, the eclipse is a global event. Here is the celestial schedule for North America from Sunday May 15 to Monday May 16, 2022.

Step out between these times to see with your own eyes as the full moon takes on an eerie reddish hue:

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

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

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

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

How to Photograph the Total Blood Moon Eclipse

There are great tutorials on how to photograph the total lunar eclipse using a smartphone and a “suitable” camera – see here, here and here – but the basics are:

How to Do a ‘Blood Moon’ Close-Up

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

How to photograph the “Blood Moon” with a smartphone

  • put something interesting in the foreground, like a tree, building, or mountain (but avoid anything with bright lighting).
  • put your smartphone on a tripod because a long exposure will be necessary.
  • lock your exposure to the Moon by tapping it on the screen, then take the shot. It will take a few seconds, maybe around 25 seconds if you’re in a dark place (the darker the better!).
  • experiment with manual settings if your phone allows it/if you have a 3rd party app.

How to observe the total blood moon eclipse

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

There are different stages of the eclipse to observe, including the partial phase where the Moon begins to turn red. However, with such a long totality, all you have to do is be outside at all times during that 84-minute totality.

Disclaimer: I am the editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com

I wish you clear skies and big eyes.

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