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All about the Lunar Eclipse for the Americas on May 15 and 16 | Digital Trends Spanish

A phenomenon on an American scale will occur this coming May 15 and 16, since a lunar eclipse will take place that will be visible from the United States to the north, to the southernmost part of Chile and Argentina to the south. That is why it has been called “Eclipse for the Americas«.

The totality of the lunar eclipse will occur between 03:29 and 04:53 UTC, and its completion is expected at 05:55, according to calculations by the POTwhich will broadcast the event.

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A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon line up 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. When the Moon is inside the umbra, it will turn a reddish hue. Lunar eclipses are sometimes called “blood Moon» due to this phenomenon.

“This is really an eclipse for the Americas,” said NASA’s Noah Petro, a planetary geologist who specializes in the moon. “It will be a pleasure.”

The moon will be 225,000 miles (362,000 kilometers) away at the peak of the eclipse, around midnight on the East Coast of the United States.

“This is this gradual, slow, wonderful event that as long as it’s clear where you are, you can see it,” Petro said.

As for why this type of eclipse is called a Red Moon, this is because the only sunlight that reaches the Moon passes through the Earth’s atmosphere. The more dust or clouds there are in Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the Moon will appear.

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