Beaver Blood Moon 2022: How to watch the total lunar eclipse on November 8, 2022
New York, New York - Are you ready to get a glimpse of the last lunar eclipse for the next three years? November's full moon, also called the Beaver Moon, coincides with a total lunar eclipse that will be visible across the USA.
The total lunar eclipse on November 8 will the last total lunar eclipse for the next three years, per NASA. It's also the first ever to take place on Election Day!
Since the next eclipse is on March 14, 2025, you might want to get up early or stay up late, depending on where you are.
A total lunar eclipse is also known as a "blood moon" because the red hue the Moon takes on as it gets covered by the Earth's shadow, or the umbra.
This time around, this process will last for 85 minutes.
What is a total lunar eclipse and how can I watch it?
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align so that the Moon passes into Earth’s shadow. It will be at its reddest when the Earth's shadow completely covers it, which is called the totality
That's totally when you want to be looking up!
Total lunar eclipses are easy on the eyes, quite literally – you don't need any special gadgets to take a gander. But binoculars or a telescope will make the sight more exciting.
Where can I watch the total lunar eclipse?
Even though November's event will be visible all over the USA, not everyone will be able to see every bit of this eclipse. If you're in Alaska or Hawaii, you've hit the jackpot and will be able to follow every phase.
As NASA explained in a vid posted to Twitter, the eclipse will be visible anywhere the moon is above the horizon while the eclipse is happening.
It will also be visible in North and Central America, Ecuador, Colombia, and in western portions of Venezuela and Peru. NASA noted that in Puerto Rico, the Moon will set right after the totality begins.
This big red lunar phenomenon will also be visible in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
When can I watch the total lunar eclipse?
For the East Coast, the partial eclipse begins at 4:10 AM EST and the eclipse is full at 5:17 AM EST, but the tail end won't be visible because the moon will have already set.
For those on the West Coast, the partial begins at 1:10 AM PST and the full eclipse begins at 2:17 AM PST. If you happen to be anywhere else in the USA, you can check timeanddate.com to figure out when you should be looking up.
When it comes to lunar eclipse viewing, really all you need is clear skies. But if clouds get in the way, you can always view it online on timeanddate.com.
Cover photo: screenshot/ Twitter/ NASA