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Highlights: May 2022 Lunar Eclipse

From moonrise in western North America to a spectacular moonset in Morocco, timeanddate broadcast live pictures from around the world.

A partially eclipsed Moon sets in Ouarzazate, Morocco, on the morning of May 16, 2022.

The partially eclipsed Moon sets behind the mountains of Ouarzazate, Morocco.


Large areas of North America enjoyed a prime-time Sunday-evening lunar eclipse.

This was the first of two total lunar eclipses this year. There will be another Blood Moon in November 2022.

Timelapse of the May 2022 Lunar Eclipse

Timelapse of the May 2022 total lunar eclipse including a spectacular moonset in Morocco.


Streamed LIVE from Morocco

The total lunar eclipse on May 15–16 was also visible across South America, and parts of Europe and Africa. The event was streamed live on timeanddate, with near-perfect weather conditions at most of our feed locations.

Our CEO Steffen Thorsen, together with Mathew Gundersen, took our mobile observatory to the edge of the Sahara desert in Ouarzazate, Morocco. They captured a spell-binding moonset toward the end of the final partial phase of the eclipse.

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Mathew Gundersen monitoring the timeanddate mobile observatory in Ouarzazate, Morocco during the May 15–16 total lunar eclipse.


Moonrise to Moonset

Earlier in the evening, we caught moonrise from our eclipse partners in California and Arizona: Dave Decker and Gary Hawkins from the San Diego Astronomy Association; and Jim Knoll and Rick Paul of the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association.

Weather conditions in the eastern half of North America were less favorable. Our streaming partners in Ontario—Colin Durocher and Olathe Macintyre of RASC-Sudbury Centre—and Kat Troche—from the Amateur Astronomers Association in New York—battled against the clouds all night.

We also had beautiful images of the eclipse from the Southern Hemisphere: Thomas Puzia and his team from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile brought us the view from a mountaintop near Santiago in Chile.

The timeanddate control room for the total lunar eclipse on the night of May 15-16, 2022

Gustav Nødland and Andy Ardener manage the feeds coming in from around the world to our control at the timeanddate HQ in Stavanger, Norway.