Full lunar eclipse to bring Floral Moon to Athens

Spectacular photos of the 'pink' supermoon

Early in the morning on Monday, May 16, almost parallel to the full moon, a total lunar eclipse will occur, which in Greece will be partially visible.

A total eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are almost completely in a straight line, and the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. As a result, the celestial body gradually becomes darker and, in the end, usually acquires a reddish color (sometimes very dark or almost black) .

On Sunday night and during the subsequent eclipse, the Moon, which will be at a distance of about 362,000 kilometers, will appear about 12% larger than when it is at its apogee, that is, at its farthest point from Earth.

The eclipse will be visible from North and South America, as well as, to a greater or lesser extent, from various parts of Europe, Africa and Asia.

Athens will experience a partial lunar eclipse that will last almost two hours, beginning around 04:30 on May 16 and ending around 06:15. As for the full moon, which is known as the “floral” moon, with which it coincides, its peak is at 07:15 Greek time.

The next total lunar eclipse will occur in November of this year, and then in 2025. The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will broadcast the eclipse live.