Pretty much all of the lunar eclipses I’ve seen have unfolded in clear viability from beginning to end. Not this time. On May 15, 2022, I saw an unusual eclipse—unusual at least for me. From my perspective in the pacific time zone, the Moon was already in a deep state of eclipse when it rose.
Eclipse In Progress Upon Moonrise
In an effort to see the Moon rise, I located myself at a nearby elementary school field over which there was clear view to the southeast. But the Moon was so dim that there was no hope I could have seen it when it rose at 8:19 pm local time. Making matters worse, sunset was a 8:25 pm, so the sky wasn’t even dark enough to spot the Moon until much later.
The Umbral Eclipse Unwinds
Back home, I set myself up in the backyard to continue observing the unfolding lunar eclipse.
The Partial Phase of the Eclipse in Reverse
At 9:53 pm, the total phase of the eclipse ended as the Moon exited the umbra.
The Penumbral Eclipse in Reverse
At 10:55 pm, the partial phase of the eclipse ended, and the far more subtle penumbra took over.