A total eclipse of the Moon occurs on Monday 16 May, 2022 UT, lasting from 01:32–06:50 UT. The Moon will be plunged into darkness for 1 hour and 25 minutes, in a deep total eclipse which will see the Moon 41% of its diameter inside the Earth's umbral shadow. The visual effect of this depends on the state of the Earth's atmosphere, but the Moon may be stained a deep red colour for observers in the Americas, western Europe, and most of Africa. The partial eclipse will last for 3 hours and 27 minutes in total.

The timings of the phases of the eclipse are as follows. You will be able to see each phase of the eclipse if the Moon is up at the corresponding time as seen from your location; however the penumbral phase will be very difficult to see in practice, so you may want to start watching at the partial phase:

Penumbral eclipse begins: 01:32:07 UT
Partial eclipse begins: 02:27:53 UT
Total eclipse begins: 03:29:03 UT
Maximum eclipse: 04:11:29 UT
Total eclipse ends: 04:53:56 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 05:55:07 UT
Penumbral eclipse ends: 06:50:48 UT

During this eclipse the Moon will be just a day before perigee, making it very large. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.559° in apparent diameter, which is 5.3% larger than average. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.

Interactive Map

This map shows the visibility of the eclipse at various stages. The bright area in the middle will see the whole eclipse; the coloured bands to the right will see the start of the eclipse, and those on the left will see the end. Note that the map is approximate, and if you are near the edge of the area of visibility, the moon will be very close to the horizon and may not be practically visible.

You can use the zoom controls to zoom in and out, and pan to see areas of interest. Hover your mouse over the tags to see what will be visible from each area on the map. The green marker in the centre shows where the Moon will be directly overhead at maximum eclipse.

Overview Map

This map sourced from NASA's Eclipse Web Site shows the visibility of the eclipse. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This is the 34th eclipse in lunar Saros series 131.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 04:11:29 on 16 May UT TDT Date/time (max) 04:12:42 on 16 May TDT
Saros Series 131 Number in Series 33
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.3726 Central Magnitiude 1.4137
Gamma -0.2532 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m13s Error ± 0m07s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h19m Partial Duration 3h27m
Total Duration 1h25m
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 151237066 km (85.7%) Moon Distance 362131 km (11.4%)
Sun Diameter 0.527° Moon Diameter 0.550° - 0.559°
Apogee 12:46 on 5 May UT Perigee 15:24 on 17 May UT
Contact p1 01:32:07 on 16 May UT Contact p2
Contact u1 02:27:53 on 16 May UT Contact u2 03:29:03 on 16 May UT
Max eclipse 04:11:29 on 16 May UT
Contact u3 04:53:56 on 16 May UT Contact u4 05:55:07 on 16 May UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 06:50:48 on 16 May UT

Note that while all dates and times on this site (except where noted) are in UT, which is within a second of civil time, the dates and times shown in NASA's eclipse listings are in the TDT timescale.

The Sun and Moon distances are shown in km, and as a percentage of their minimum - maximum distances; hence 0% is the closest possible (Earth's perihelion, or the Moon's closest possible perigee) and 100% is the farthest (aphelion, the farthest apogee). The statistics page has information on the ranges of sizes of the Sun and Moon.

Data last updated: 2015-06-21 22:11:46 UTC.