Total lunar eclipse webcasts: How to watch the Super Blood Flower Moon of May 2022 online tonight

Editor's note: The total phase of the Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse has ended. You can read our wrap story on the first total lunar eclipse of 2022.

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The moon will pass through Earth's shadow in a total lunar eclipse overnight on May 15 and 16, the first Blood Moon of 2022, but if bad weather ruins your view you'll have options to watch it live online.

That will give you a chance to watch the full Flower Moon experience a total lunar eclipse as the moon moves into the shadow of the Earth. The eclipse will be visible in total phase from portions of the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the east Pacific. A penumbral eclipse (where the edge of Earth's shadow will fall over the moon) is visible in New Zealand, eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Related: Total lunar eclipse of May 2022: Flower Blood Moon guide

While timing depends on where you are gazing at the sky, says the partial eclipse phase of the moon eclipse begins May 15 at 10:28 p.m. EDT (0228 GMT on May 16). It will get to the red-hued Blood Moon peak May 16 at 12:11 a.m. EDT (0411 GMT). Then the event ends at 1:55 a.m. EDT (0555 GMT). Note the penumbral eclipse will begin about an hour earlier and end about an hour after the partial eclipse. 

Eclipse scientist Fred Espenak has listed May 15th's full moon as a so-called supermoon, in which the full moon is at perigee (its closest to Earth of the month), making it a Super Blood Moon eclipse. 

A visibility map of the May 15 to 16, 2022 Super Blood Moon total lunar eclipse. (Image credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio)

Read on to learn the details about the webcasts we've found so far, but do know that they are all subject to good weather at their respective observing sites. We'll add more as they are announced so do check back as the we get closer to the event.

If you're hoping to photograph the moon, or want to prepare your gear for the total lunar eclipse, check out our best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography. Read our guides on how to photograph a lunar eclipse, as well as how to photograph the moon with a camera for some helpful tips to plan out you lunar photo session.

NASA Science Live Blood Moon webcast

NASA's Science Live YouTube broadcast, which you can also see above, will start at 11 p.m. May 15 (0300 GMT May 16.) 

"Join NASA experts to learn about this incredible natural phenomenon, look through telescope views across the world, and hear about plans to return humans to the lunar surface with the Artemis program," the agency stated in a description. "Have questions? Ask them in our live chat."

Slooh Flower Moon lunar eclipse webcast

The remotely-operated online telescope astronomy service Slooh will host its own webcast, which you can also see above from YouTube, startsing on May 15 at 9:30 p.m. EDT (May 16 0130 GMT). 

"The Online Telescope's experts will be on hand to explain this spectacular sight from the start of the penumbral phase, through the partial, and then the beautiful total phase that lasts for 1-hour and 19-minutes," Slooh stated. 

While this broadcast is open to everyone, a members-only Star Party is also available on Discord following totality. You can learn how to subscribe to Slooh to join at the website. total lunar eclipse webcast

The time zone website will host its own YouTube broadcast, also available below, will start at 10 p.m. EDT May 15 (0200 GMT May 16). There will be a live chat available during the eclipse. 

"Our live coverage is your perfect companion to this eclipse, whether it's visible from your location or not. Follow the eclipse from start to finish with us right here," the company stated. has a special Blood Moon May 2022 page for the lunar eclipse, where the site is sharing observing tips and other information.

Griffith Observatory total lunar eclipse webcast

The famed Griffith Observatory of Los Angeles will host a live lunar eclipse watching party on May 15 in its own webcast of the Blood Moon from the historic observatory. 

The observatory's webcast will begin at 10:35 p.m. EDT (0235 GMT) and run through 3:50 a.m. EDT (0750 GMT), according to the observatory. If you're based in the Pacific time zone, that's 7:35 p.m. to 11:50 p.m. On Tuesday, May 16, Griffith Observatory will share a full time-lapse video of the lunar eclipse on its YouTube channel.

Virtual Telescope total supermoon eclipse webcast

The online Virtual Telescope Project will host a Total Supermoon Eclipse webcast at 9:15 p.m. EDT (0215 GMT) with views from across the visibility region. 

Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi of the Project will host the eclipse from Ceccano, Italy. You'll be able to follow it live on the Project's YouTube page or directly from the event broadcast site

The webcast will include imager and from the following astrophotographers, according to Masi:

  • astrophotographer: Gianluca Masi (Rome, Italy);
  • astrophotographer: John W. Johnson (Nebraska, USA)
  • astrophotographer: Joaquin Fabrega Polleri (Panama);
  • astrophotographer: Chris Curwin (Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada);
  • astrophotographer: Fernando Rodriguez (Florida, USA);
  • astrophotographer: Jim Thompson (Ottawa Valley Astronomy & Observers Group, Canada);
  • astrophotographer: Gary Varney (Florida, USA);
  • astrophotographer: Karim Jaffer (Montreal Centre, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada);
  • coordinator and live comment: astrophysicist Gianluca Masi (The Virtual Telescope Project, Italy).

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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: