How to see this week's blood moon

A total lunar eclipse is coming this Sunday May 15th
Total Lunar Eclipse in Night Sky
Total Lunar Eclipse Photo credit Jouein / Getty

Look up to the sky this Sunday night for a chance to catch one of the most anticipated skywatching events of the year - the blood moon.

A “blood moon” happens when a full moon is in a total lunar eclipse, turning the moon a reddish-orange color.

The upcoming lunar eclipse is North America’s first total lunar eclipse in two years, and will be visible over most of the country.

Meteorologist Dan Brounoff forecasts clear skies on Sunday night, making for ideal viewing conditions for those in the Dallas Fort-Worth area.

The moon will begin to enter Earth’s shadow at around 8:30 p.m. CT.

The optimal viewing time for those in the DFW area will be 11:11 p.m. CT, when the eclipse will reach totality and be fully immersed in the Earth’s shadow.

The eclipse will last for just over 5 hours, and end early Monday morning.

If you aren’t able to catch the blood moon this weekend, don’t worry.

This eclipse is the first of two projected lunar eclipses of 2022, with the next taking place Nov. 8, 2022.

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