What to know: Sunday night’s total lunar eclipse in Jacksonville

Light shines from a total lunar eclipse over Santa Monica Beach in Calififornia on May 26, 2021. A total lunar eclipse will grace the night skies this weekend, providing longer than usual thrills for stargazers across North and South America. The celestial action unfolds Sunday night, May 15, 2022 into early Monday morning, with the moon bathed in the reflected red and orange hues of Earths sunsets and sunrises for about 1 1/2 hours, the longest totality of the decade. It will be the first so-called blood moon in a year. (Ringo H.W. Chiu)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When it comes to lunar versus solar eclipses, lunar eclipses tend to be much less spectacular. Partial lunar eclipses are cool to glance up and witness, but after a few minutes, you have pretty much have seen it all — yawn, time to go to bed.

But, total lunar eclipses? Now, this is where the moon will not just look like a chunk has been bitten out of it, but as we reach totality, the moon will turn hues of pink and red and finally almost fully hidden, black.

This is what we should see coming up Sunday night.

Weather could go either way, meaning, we are expecting clouds that could block the view at times. Then again, the clouds passing in front of the moon could make the moon’s eclipse transition to totality rather cool.

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  • Lunar eclipses only happen when we are at a full moon
  • Total lunar eclipses are seen by large areas
  • Sunday’s total eclipse will be one of the longer ones, totality will be for 1 hour and 25 minutes!
What to expectWhen it happens
Moon rise just before sunset7:58 p.m.
Sunset8:12 p.m.
Partial lunar eclipse begins9:32 p.m.
Total lunar eclipse begins (when moon turns pink/red/dark)11:29 p.m.
Maximum total eclipse12:12 a.m.
Total lunar eclipse ends12:54 a.m.
Partial lunar eclipse ends (full moon back to normal)2:50 a.m.
Weather: There will be some cloud issues

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