The last total Lunar Eclipse until 2025 will turn the moon blood-red on Tuesday, Nov. 8, but exactly when you should look up depends on where you are. Here we have the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse online coverage for you. Go down and watch!
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon, casting a deep shadow across the lunar surface.
In theory, a lunar eclipse should happen monthly since the moon and the sun is on opposite sides of the Earth once every 27 days during the lunar passage around the planet.
But the moon’s orbit is inclined 5 degrees relative to the Earth’s equator, meaning that most of the time, the Earth’s shadow passes above or below the moon.
When is the Lunar Eclipse 2022?
Tuesday’s “blood moon” eclipse will begin at 3:02 a.m. EST (0803 GMT) when the moon begins to enter the outermost region of Earth’s shadow. You’ll have to adjust the time for your time zone (it begins at 12:02 a.m. PST for observers in the U.S.
West Coast, for example). While this marks the official beginning of the lunar eclipse, it can be hard to see as the Earth’s penumbral shadow is very slight.
More striking will be the partial eclipse phase, which will begin at 4:09 a.m. EST (0909 GMT) and last just over an hour. This is when the moon enters the Earth’s umbra or darker portion of the Earth’s shadow. If you didn’t notice the penumbral eclipse, you should be able to see this with your unaided eye.
|Penumbral eclipse begins||3:02 a.m.||12:02 a.m.||0802|
|Partial eclipse begins||4:09 a.m.||1:09 a.m.||0909|
|Totality begins||5:17 a.m.||2:17 a.m.||1017|
|Totality ends||6:42 a.m.||3:42 a.m.||1142|
|Partial eclipse ends||Moon has set||4:49 a.m.||1249|
|Penumbral eclipse ends||Moon has set||5:50 a.m||1350|
The real show begins at totality when the entire moon enters the umbra. On Nov. 8, this will occur at 5:17 a.m. EST (1017 GMT) and will last about 85 minutes, ending at 6:42 a.m. EST (1142 GMT), according to NASA.
Once the total phase of the lunar eclipse ends, it will return to a partial phase-in reverse of what we saw at the beginning of the eclipse. The partial phase will end at 7:49 a.m. EST (4:49 a.m. PST, 1249 GMT), but by this time, the moon will have set for Eastern time zone observers. For those in locations where the moon is still visible, the final penumbral phase will last until 8:50 a.m. EST (5:50 a.m. PST, 1350 GMT).
Where to watch
In North America, observers on the West Coast will get the best view. At 12:02 a.m. Pacific time, the moon will enter the outer part of Earth’s shadow and dim ever so slightly. But the total phase of the eclipse — the show’s true star — won’t begin until 2:16 a.m.
That phase is called totality when the moon enters the darkest part of Earth’s shadow and shines a deep blood-red hue. Totality will last for roughly 90 minutes until 3:41 a.m.; by 5:56 a.m., the moon will have returned to its well-known silvery hue.
On the other hand, viewers on the East Coast will have to set their alarms early. Although they won’t be able to watch the entire eclipse, they can catch totality, which will run from 5:16 a.m. Eastern time to 6:41 a.m., roughly when the moon sets for most northeastern portions of the United States. Early risers should look to the northwestern horizon to catch the ruby moon.