Rare total lunar eclipse will be visible on May 15

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On May 15, Calgarians may see a rare red moon as a total lunar eclipse will be visible across Canada.

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Sunday will mark the first total lunar eclipse to be seen in Alberta this year.

The celestial event occurs when the moon travels through the earth’s shadow in space, and only with the correct alignment between the sun, earth and moon.

According to a press release published by Telus World of Science, during the eclipse, the moon will enter Earth’s dark shadow, taking on a dark red or rusty appearance.

“Although no direct sunlight hits the moon during the umbral eclipse, the moon is illuminated by a small amount of long-wavelength sunlight.
refracting through Earth’s atmosphere,” the statement said. “After the partial eclipse ends, the May Full Moon, known as the Flower Moon, will shine again in the night sky.”

The lunar eclipse does not require special viewing equipment and is safe to watch with the naked eye.

Telescopes and binoculars will offer better moon detail, but they are not required. A location that provides an unobstructed view of the southeastern horizon will offer the best views.

The total eclipse is scheduled to start at approximately 9:28 pm and end at 10:54 pm The penumbral eclipse is expected to end around 12:51 am

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