This Sunday, the longest total lunar eclipse for Canadians in 15 years will occur, turning the moon a spookishly bloody red colour.
Starting in the late night on Sunday and continuing into the very early morning on Monday, the moon will undergo a five-hour and 20 minute transformation to create a Blood Moon.
The eclipse will begin at around 10:30 p.m. but it will take about an hour before it reaches ultimate viewing across most of Ontario.
A total lunar eclipse happens when the Earth, sun and moon are all perfectly aligned. The Earth blocks the sun casting a shadow on the face of the moon
Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can be seen by nearly an entire hemisphere, which means that a much larger number of people can see them for a longer period of time. Do you see your city for the upcoming lunar eclipse? 👇 pic.twitter.com/ionWazcQOV— Canadian Space Agency (@csa_asc) May 11, 2022
The moon will turn a dark "blood red" during the eclipse when it passes through the Earth's umbra, the fullest part of the shadow. A small portion of light from the planet's sunrises and sunsets will turn the otherwise white space rock a very mysterious red.
According to timeanddate.com, the eclipse will start at 9:32 p.m. Sunday and reach its maximum at 12:11 a.m. Monday morning.
The lunar eclipse will be visible all across the country with Ontario getting one of the better views.
The next time this lunar event will happen is on Nov. 8.