More Than Half Way into the Total Lunar Eclipse, Clouds Break Away Over Chicagoland

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Total Lunar Eclipse May 15-16, 2022 over Arlington Heights just after midnight. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Clouds spoiled the first half of the Total Lunar Eclipse over Chicagoland, but waiting for the clouds to clear was worth the wait.

The latter half of the the Total Lunar Eclipse over Chicagoland was visible with an excellent display, but not until around midnight Sunday/Monday. The maximum totality was obscured by clouds, but most clouds cleared the sky just as bright reflected sunlight began to appear on the lower left part of the Moon — while the rest of the Moon continued to appear blood red.




The Moon was at an altitude at about 24 to 26 degrees and moved horizontally across the south sky after totality, and while it returned to a Full Moon appearance.




Total Lunar Eclipse after Totality at about 12:10 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.
Total Lunar Eclipse after Totality at about 12:10 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2022.
Full Moon with Total Lunar Eclipse, Sunday, May 15, 2022.
Full Moon with Total Lunar Eclipse, Sunday, May 15-16, 2022.

The total eclipse event began about 8:32 p.m. Sunday (obscured by clouds).

The partial eclipse began about 9:27 p.m. (obscured by clouds).

The full or total eclipse began about 10:29 p.m. (obscured by clouds).

The maximum total eclipse occurred about 11:11 p.m. Sunday (obscured by clouds).

The full or total eclipse ended about 11:53 p.m. Sunday (as clouds began to break significantly with very few clouds in the sky by 12:15 a.m.).

The partial eclipse ended about 12:55 a.m. Monday, and the Moon looked like a Full Moon to the untrained eye (skies were totally clear of clouds).

The earth’s shadow completely departed the Moon about 1:50 a.m. Monday (skies were totally clear of clouds).

Total Lunar Eclipse near ending of partial lunar eclipse when some clouds were still passing by.
Total Lunar Eclipse near ending of partial lunar eclipse when some clouds were still passing by early Sunday morning.
Total Lunar Eclipse near the ending of the latter partial lunar eclipse early Sunday morning around 12:30 to 12:45 a.m.
Total Lunar Eclipse near the ending of the latter partial lunar eclipse early Sunday morning around 12:30 to 12:45 a.m.
The appears as a Full Moon near the end of Total Lunar Eclipse at about 1:20 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
The appears as a Full Moon near the end of Total Lunar Eclipse at about 1:20 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Go outside with NASA and watch the total lunar eclipse! On the evening of May 15, Earth will pass between the Sun and the Moon, blocking sunlight and casting a shadow on the lunar surface. Starting at 9:32 p.m. EDT (1:32 UTC on May 16), people with clear skies in the Americas, Europe, and parts of Africa will begin to see the Moon get bathed in the red glow of every sunrise and sunset refracted through Earth’s atmosphere. Totality will occur at 12:12 a.m. EDT on May 16 (4:12 UTC). YouTube Tips ⓘ




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