Take some time tonight to simply look up into the sky.
A total lunar eclipse is set to happen Sunday, May 15.
And this isn’t a “regular” lunar eclipse, if we can even say that eclipses are “regular.” According to Space.com, this will be a super flower blood moon lunar eclipse.
This eclipse will start around 8:29 p.m. tonight, according to KVVU-TV. The eclipse will reach a maximum peak at 9:11 p.m., and this is when the moon is closest to the Earth‘s shadow. The moon will then move away from the Earth’s shadow at 9:35 p.m., which will mark the end of the eclipse.
Now you may be asking yourselves, “why and how does a blood moon occur?”
According to Space.com, “during a full eclipse, however, something spectacular happens.”
When the moon is fully in the Earth‘s shadow, little bits of light from the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets fall on the moon’s surface. Due to this, light waves are stretched and look red to our eyes. When this “red” light hits the moon, it makes the moon appear red!
Best Ways To Capture The Eclipse
While most media and astronomy outlets recommend shooting the eclipse with a professional camera such as DSLR cameras. We know that most people will try and capture a photo on their cellphones.
According to KLAS-TV, iPhone cameras have specific settings that allow you to adjust the aperture, exposure and resolution of the image you’re trying to capture. Depending on your make and model of iPhone, the settings can be found if you swipe up near the menu that’s right above the shutter button. You can also touch the arrow that’s near the top of the camera’s interface, which will make the camera settings appear.
Android phones have “pro” settings in their cameras that allow you to get a better picture.
For DSLR cameras, KLAS-TV recommends setting your camera to an ISO of 100 and an aperture of f/10. For shutter speed, a quick shutter speed of at least 1/100 seconds is recommended.
Overall, you simply need to play around with your camera’s settings! Whether you have the fanciest camera or a smartphone, fiddling with the settings 15-to-30 minutes before the eclipses’ peak will help you prepare for that perfect shot.
Happy stargazing, everyone.