Find out what a blood eclipse looks like and where to find it in Brasilia

released 05.14.2022 06:00

Find out what a blood eclipse looks like and where to find it in Brasilia

Last May: total eclipse occurs with supermoon, second full moon of the moon – (credit: Minervino Júnior / CB / DA Press)

The people of Brasilia are scheduled for this Sunday (5/15), when there is an entire lunar eclipse called the “blood moon”, beginning at 10:30 p.m. The name is derived from the fact that the satellite has a reddish color, due to the blocking of sunlight from the Earth, which will only allow the passage of a red beam on the color spectrum. The height of the phenomenon, visible to the naked eye, will be around 1 a.m.

After the light reaches the celestial body, it sees the moon and can be seen from the earth. Astronomer Adriano Leonês, 35, explains that, on average, two eclipses occur every six months – one solar and one lunar – with a span of several days between them. “Next month will be November 8 and May 5, 2023. No one will see Brazil.

Passionate stars since he was a child, Leonardo Pereira, 23, has always loved following events like this week. Looking forward to this Sunday (15/5), it’s hoping to capture some of the beauty of the sky. Despite fears of weather covering the satellite sky, the resident of Santa Maria has made it clear that he will not make the effort to enjoy the event. “The moon reminds me that there is so much beauty out there, that we almost never see,” says pedagogue.

The history of Mateus Félix, 28, with astronomy beginning early, at the ages of 6 and 8. The interest arose from passion and the desire to understand the world in some way. . “Ever since I was little, I have always been fascinated by trying to understand our role in the world. I was encouraged by my parents to delve into the region, and this has helped a lot to expand my experience “, says software developer.

Mateus is currently the president of the Brasilia Astronomy Club (Casb), which he joined when he was 12 years old. Thanks to those who supported him on the road, he said it was not easy to ignite human passion for heaven and stars. The last time a programmer watched an eclipse was in 2015; so happy on Sunday (15/5). “This is one of the astronomical events that is causing a lot of attention. Better yet, only solar eclipses. And the next time to observe the full moon in Brazil will be only years. 2025 “, refers to the people of the Southwest.

  • Mateus Félix, president of the Astronomy Club of Brasília (Casb)
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Weather forecast

Members of the Casb will be at the Praça dos Três Poderes to follow the heavenly revelation, with cameras available to the public. However, in the case of a cloudless sky, it can see the eclipse from anywhere in the open. Sunday (15/5), although the current dry weather in the city government, the weather should be different, but the rainfall will be low. “I think there will be no vision problems,” said Heráclio Alves, of the National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet).

Until next Monday, however, the expectation is that DF will enter the rainy season more. The average weekly temperature will be between 14 ° C and 30 ° C. In the morning, the relative humidity will remain at 95%, with the potential to reach 30% in the afternoon. su.


An eclipse occurs when an object of heaven passes over the shadow of another. The names are based on the celestial bodies he saw were blocked

lunar eclipse
• Occurs when the moon passes over the Earth’s shadow. The phenomenon only occurs at all stages, when the planet is between the satellite and the sun. All eclipses – called lunar eclipses – can last up to two hours.

solar eclipse
• It occurs when the moon is between the earth and the sun, blocking part of the light from it. As the satellite needs to be located between the Earth and the star, this event only occurs in the new moon. In this case, there was no significant change in brightness during the day.

annul eclipse
• When the moon is closest to the farthest point in its orbit or at that point, appearing too small to cover the sun, the ring of light from the sun revolves around the satellite. The result is in the total practice of the view of the sun.

* Intern under the supervision of Jessica Eufrásio


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