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A total lunar eclipse is occurring on November 8, and it will be the last one for the next three years. If you want to take advantage of watching the full moon transform into a reddish hue, here is everything you need to know.
A lunar eclipse is when the sun, Earth, and moon align, and the Earth casts a complete shadow over the moon. When the moon falls under the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, the umbra, it turns a reddish hue – hence the term "Blood Moon."
If you live in eastern Asia, Australia, or the Pacific, portions of the Blood Moon spectacle will be visible to you.
The totality of the eclipse will be visible across North and Central America, as well as in Ecuador, Colombia, and western portions of Venezuela and Peru, .
The website has an that is color-coded to designate exactly how much of the eclipse you can see, what times the lunar eclipse will be visible to you, and what the weather forecast is for that early morning.
So, if you are in an area where the Blood Moon is visible, how can you see it? The answer is simple – you just look up.
Unlike a solar eclipse, for which you need special eyewear, during the lunar eclipse, you can just look straight up at the sky. Despite not being necessary, a pair of binoculars or a telescope can always be helpful in getting a better view.
"You don't need any special equipment to observe a lunar eclipse, although binoculars or a telescope will enhance the view and the red color," . "A dark environment away from bright lights makes for the best viewing conditions."
If you live in an area that won't get much visibility or has lots of light pollution, don't fret: there are online-streaming options as well.
In the past, NASA has livestreamed the eclipse on its website. This year, there is no mention of NASA doing so, and on its site, it states: "Numerous organizations and individuals around the globe present livestreams and videos of lunar eclipses."
To find these livestreams, all you have to do is search "Lunar eclipse live stream" on either Google or YouTube, and a plethora of options will be available. A couple we found include , , and
The livestreams will begin at around 4 AM ET on Tuesday, November 8. To find the most optimal time for you to look up at the sky, we recommend checking the map. The partial phase will begin in North America at 3:09 AM CST, with totality beginning at 4:16 AM and ending at 5:42 AM, .
What is a lunar eclipse?
A lunar eclipse is when the Sun, Earth, and moon align, and the Earth casts a complete shadow over the moon. When the moon falls under the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, the umbra, it turns a reddish hue -- hence the term "Blood Moon".
When is the lunar eclipse happening?
The last total lunar eclipse for three years is occurring on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The exact time of visibility will depend on where you live, and we recommend checking In North America, the action will begin in the early hours of the morning, with the partial eclipse beginning at 3:09 AM CST, and totality beginning at 4:16 AM and ending at 5:42 AM, .
How can I watch the lunar eclipse?
If you live in an area where the lunar eclipse is visible, all you have to do is look up at the night sky. If the eclipse isn't visible in your area, or if you simply don't want to get out of bed that early in the morning (we aren't judging), there are online-streaming options available as well. Some options include , , and