Weather permitting, the lunar eclipse, also known as a 'blood moon', will be visible in North America for 90 minutes on November 8th from 2:17 am PST until 3:42 am PST. At this time, the eclipse will be in the totality phase where the moon enters the darkest part of the earth's shadow and will take on a deep blood-red hue.
If you miss it, the next total lunar eclipse won't be for another three years.
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What is a blood moon?
A blood moon is a lunar eclipse where the moon appears to have a reddish tint, due to light being filtered and bent through the Earth's atmosphere. This can also be referred to as a "total lunar eclipse."
Some cultures and religions view blood moons as significant or even ominous events, often linking them to prophecies or apocalyptic events. However, for astronomers, a blood moon is simply an interesting and visually stunning phenomenon to observe.
It is important to note that not all lunar eclipses result in a blood moon appearance. This depends on atmospheric conditions and the angle at which the eclipse occurs.
When is the blood moon?
According to NASA, the Moon is in totality on November 8th from 2:17 am PST until 3:42 am PST.
At this time it will be the totality phase where the moon will enter the darkest part of Earth's shadow. At this time, the moon will take on a deep blood-red hue.
Where can I see the blood moon?
Weather permitting, the best way to view a lunar eclipse is in darkness, away from artificial light.For an optimal experience, travel east into the mountains or foothills, where there are no city lights to obstruct your view. However, you don't need any special equipment; binoculars or a telescope might improve the experience and make the red color more visible.
With cloudy conditions due for November 7 and 8th 2022, we may not have clear enough skies to witness the red-hue, stay tuned.
If you aren't able to see it, you can live stream here.
The next total lunar eclipse won't be for three years on March 14, 2025, though we will see partial and lunar eclipses during that time.