Last total lunar eclipse, ‘blood moon’ of 2022 is Tuesday, Nov. 8

NASA says binocular viewers can also track an “additional dish” near the copper-red moon.

Look up in the early hours of Tuesday morning – you could see the last total lunar eclipse in a few years.

A lunar eclipse, also known as a ‘blood moon’, occurs when the sun, Earth, and moon align so that the moon enters the Earth’s shadow. The moon appears to have an impressive reddish tint, hence its not-so-ominous name.

The next total lunar eclipse is in March 2025, although there will be several partial lunar eclipses before that.

Where can you see the blood moon?

If weather permits, the eclipse will be visible across North and Central America, and in parts of Asia, Australia and South America, NASA said. Basically, if the moon is above the horizon for you during a lunar eclipse, you will see it.

When will it happen?

You’ll need to get up early on Tuesday, November 8 to watch the eclipse (or stay up very late). Yes, Election Day. NASA says totals start at 5:17 a.m. EST – that’s 4:17 a.m. CST, 3:17 a.m. MST, and 2:17 a.m. PST.

The whole thing lasted for about an hour and a half. You will be able to see the partial eclipse for about an hour before it begins and after it ends. The moon will set for East Coast observers while remaining partially obscured, but West Coast viewers have a chance to see the whole thing.

Do I need binoculars?

You don’t need special equipment to see a solar eclipse, although binoculars or a telescope will give you a better view. They can also give you a chance to see something else in the night sky.

“During this eclipse, binocular viewers will be able to see one more thing – the ice giant Uranus will be visible just a short distance from the occult Moon,” says NASA’s Skywatching Blog. finger,” said NASA’s sky-watching blog.

With or without binoculars, the dim reflection of the moon makes the faint stars in the sky appear brighter. As always, it’s best to watch from somewhere away from the bright city lights.

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, there are plenty of online livestreams of the eclipse.

Why does the moon look red?

For the same reason, our sky looks blue. Because of its longer wavelength, red light is less easily scattered in the Earth’s atmosphere than blue light, NASA says. During a lunar eclipse, only red light can pass through the Earth’s atmosphere and reflect off the surface of the moon. It will look redder if there is a lot of dust and clouds in the air.

A NASA description said: “It was as if all the sunrises and sunsets of the world were projected onto the Moon. Last total lunar eclipse, ‘blood moon’ of 2022 is Tuesday, Nov. 8

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