On Monday, May 16, 2022 a Total Lunar Eclipse is taking place and it will be visible to all in New England. This will be an awesome night and Frosty Drew Observatory is opening to celebrate the event starting at 9:00 pm offering excellent views of the eclipse. We will stay on site and open until 3:00 am, after the end of the eclipse.
A Lunar Eclipse happens when the Moon passes into Earth's shadow. This only happens during the full lunar phase. Since this eclipse will be a total eclipse, the entire Moon will pass into the Earth's dark shadow, called the Umbra. During the period of totality (total eclipse) the Moon will glow a crimson red. This happens due to sunlight filtering through Earth's atmosphere effectively scattering the violet side of the visible spectrum of light.
The eclipse will begin at 9:32 pm Monday night and will start as a dimming of one side of the Moon. At 10:28 p.m. the partial eclipse will begin when a chunk of the Moon will start to appear missing. Total eclipse of the Moon will start at 11:29 pm with maximum totality occurring at 12:11 am and ending at 12:54 am. Once totality ends, the partial eclipse will continue until 1:55 am.
So dust off those binoculars. Grab a blanket, lawn chair, some tasty eats, family, and friends and hang out with us in Ninigret Park under the crimson Moon.