A total lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and its shadow covers the Moon. Eclipse watchers can see the Moon turn red when the eclipse reaches totality. According to Space.com, the moon will enter the Earth’s shadow on the night of May 15 and into the early morning hours of May 16.
In Austin and San Antonio, the lunar eclipse will begin around 8:32 pm on Sunday, May 15, and end around 1:50 am on Monday, May 16. The eclipse will be at its maximum at 11:11 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. The total eclipse should be 5 hours and 19 minutes long.
It’s the first total lunar eclipse since May 2021, according to NASA.
AUSTIN, TX - JANUARY 20: A view of the super blood wolf moon and total lunar eclipse on January 20, 2019 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images)
The full moon in May is known as the Flower Moon, according to National Geographic, so this will be a total lunar eclipse of the Flower Moon.
The moon names are listed below for each month of the year:
January - Wolf Moon
February - Snow Moon
March - Worm Moon
April - Pink Moon
May - Flower Moon
June - Strawberry Moon
July - Buck Moon
August - Sturgeon Moon
September - Harvest Moon
October - Hunter’s Moon
November - Beaver Moon
December - Cold Moon