Full moon and total lunar eclipse at dawn on Monday

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Early in the morning of Monday, May 16, almost parallel to the full moon, a total lunar eclipse will take place, which in Greece will be partially visible.

A total eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are almost completely aligned (conjugation), so the whole moon passes through the Earth’s shadow.

The result is that the Moon gradually becomes darker and eventually usually takes on a reddish color (sometimes very dark or almost black if the Earth’s atmosphere is heavy with particles, eg after a strong volcanic eruption).

In this case, the eclipse will occur about a day and a half before the moon reaches its periphery, ie at the point of its orbit that is closest to our planet.

Therefore, on Sunday night and during the eclipse that will follow, the Moon, which will be about 362,000 kilometers away, will appear about 12% larger than when it is at its apogee, ie at its farthest point from the earth.

The eclipse will be visible from North and South America, as well as, to a greater or lesser extent, from various parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. In Athens there will be a partial lunar eclipse that will last about an hour and 45 minutes, starting around 04:30 on May 16, culminating at around 06:15 a.m.

As for the full moon, which is known as “of the flowers” due to the flowering season with which it coincides, its peak will occur at 07:15 Greek time.

The next total lunar eclipse will occur in November this year, while the next one in 2025.

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will broadcast the eclipse live at: https://moon.nasa.gov/news/173/livestream-the-eclipse/

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