KAUKAUNA — A rare celestial event happens this weekend that will be visible throughout Wisconsin.

It’s called the blood moon eclipse because it is the part of the total lunar eclipse in which all the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets project onto the moon’s surface as it passes through Earth’s shadow, darkening it and giving it its crimson color.

The lunar eclipse begins the night of Sunday, May 15, 2022 and continues into the early morning of May 16.

Notable event times (Central Time):

  • Partial Eclipse begins: 9:27 pm
  • Total Eclipse begins: 10:29 pm
  • Maximum Eclipse: 11:11 pm
  • Total Eclipse ends: 11:53 pm
  • Partial Eclipse ends: 12:55 am

There is the possibility of cloud cover Sunday evening in the Fox Valley, so it the eclipse isn’t visible, people can still watch it on NASA’s livestream.

Watch the Livestream here


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NASA will feature livestreams of the eclipse from locations across the globe! They’ll also host an episode of NASA Science Live, from 10 p.m. – 11 p.m. CT.

You don’t need any special equipment to observe a lunar eclipse, according to NASA’s eclipse guide, although binoculars or a telescope will enhance the view and the red color. A dark environment away from bright lights makes for the best viewing conditions.

The eastern half of the United States and all of South America will have the opportunity to see every stage of the lunar eclipse. Totality will be visible in much of Africa, western Europe, Central and South America, and most of North America.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.