Total lunar eclipse will be visible in San Antonio Sunday evening

Blood moon eclipse will start after 9 p.m.

The earth's shadow covers the full moon during a partial lunar eclipse, early Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (Charlie Riedel, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

SAN ANTONIO – There’s going to be a total lunar eclipse this weekend that will turn the moon red.

On the night of May 15 and into the early morning hours of May 16, the moon will enter the Earth’s shadow, triggering a total lunar eclipse, according to Space.com.

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Most of the U.S. will have a full view of the phenomenon.

TimeAndDate.com shows that San Antonio is in the path to see the entire eclipse, while parts of far West Texas will see most of the eclipse.

It’s the first total lunar eclipse since May 2021, according to NASA.

When the moon enters the Earth’s shadow, it turns a reddish-copper color, also referred to as a blood moon.

Humans have used the moon as a way to keep track of the passing of the year for millennia. According to National Geographic, ancient cultures would give each full moon a different name based on the behavior of the plants, animals or weather during that month.

The full moon in May is known as the Flower Moon — so this will be a total lunar eclipse of the Flower Moon.

The moon names, according to National Geographic, are listed below for each month of the year:

  • January - Wolf Moon
  • February - Snow Moon
  • March - Worm Moon
  • April - Pink Moon
  • May - Flower Moon
  • June - Strawberry Moon
  • July - Buck Moon
  • August - Sturgeon Moon
  • September - Harvest Moon
  • October - Hunter’s Moon
  • November - Beaver Moon
  • December - Cold Moon
"Skies will be clear and temperatures will be in the 80s - nice viewing conditions. You won't need any special equipment to view the eclipse, as it'll be safe to enjoy and visible with the naked eye," said KSAT meteorologist Sarah Spivey. (KSAT 12)

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.