A lunar eclipse will occur on Sunday night. In Poland, we will see it in part, when the natural satellite of the Earth has already started. A total eclipse on our continent will have an opportunity to observe those who reside in the western part of Europe.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon line up and a full moon enters our planet’s shadow region. This situation will happen on the night of May 15/16. There is a total and partial eclipse and semi-shadow.
The total lunar eclipse will be seen in South America, eastern and southern parts of North America, as well as in Antarctica, parts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and the western fringes of Europe and Africa.
During a total eclipse, sunlight, refracted by Earth’s atmosphere, reaches Earth’s natural satellite, giving it a blood-red color.
Lunar eclipse in Poland. When will it be visible?
The whole phenomenon will last several hours. The beginning of the semi-visible eclipse will be at 3:32, and the beginning of the partial eclipse will be at 3:32. 4.28, the total eclipse will begin at 5.29, and the phenomenon will reach its maximum at 6.13. The total eclipse will end at 6.54, the partial eclipse at 7.55 and onward at 8.51. The semi-shadow eclipse will end.
Observers in Poland will see the lunar eclipse as a semi-shadow, as well as the first parts of the partial eclipse phase. The size of this piece will depend on where you are. For example, in Bialystok, the moon will be set around 4.28, in Gdansk and Warsaw around 4.41, and in Szczecin and Wroclaw around 5.02. Observations will not be easy, because the moon will be low above the horizon, in the already glowing morning sky.
A lunar eclipse is one of the easiest astronomical phenomena to observe. No special equipment is needed for this. To see as much detail as possible, it is worth using binoculars, for example.
Lunar Eclipse Not every full moon
A lunar eclipse only occurs when it is in the full moon phase. But why is there no eclipse at every full moon? This is because the orbit of the silver ball is slightly inclined to the plane of the Earth’s orbit (by a few degrees) and not every time the moon hits the Earth’s shadow cone. However, once an eclipse occurs, it can be observed from all places on our planet where the moon is visible above the horizon. The next lunar eclipse will occur in a few months, on November 8, but it will not be visible from Poland.
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