Lunar eclipse today: where to watch the celestial event happen for the last time in years – live

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The world is about to see a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, for the last time in years.

There won’t be another chance to see the celestial event until 2025.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is positioned exactly between the Moon and the Sun, obscuring them from each other. It means that light must travel through Earth’s atmosphere on its way to the Moon, which turns the Moon red when it does.

The event will kick off around 3 a.m. ET and peak at a total eclipse around three hours later, before wrapping up another three hours after that. It will be visible in East Asia, Australia, the Pacific and North America.

Lunar eclipses usually occur every year and a half. But the timeline this time means there won’t be another chance to see a blood moon any longer: The next one will appear on March 14, 2025.


Why is this the ‘beaver’ blood moon?

Tuesday’s event will coincide with “beaver moon,” a nickname for November’s full moon adopted by the Old Farmer’s Almanac purportedly from the Algonquian languages ​​once spoken by Native Americans in the New England Territory. When combined with the phenomena of a total lunar eclipse, it is widely known in the United States as a “beaver blood moon.”

andrew griffin8 November 2022 07:55


When can you see the blood moon?

The full eclipse will unfold over a period of nearly six hours as the moon gradually approaches Earth’s paler outer shadow, its “penumbra,” then enters Earth’s darker inner shadow, or “umbra.” “, before reaching totality and eventually emerging. from the other side.

On the west coast of the United States, the full display will run from 1:01 a.m. PST until just before 6:00 a.m., with the total eclipse phase lasting approximately 90 minutes and peaking at 3:00 p.m. 00 a.m.

andrew griffin8 November 2022 07:53


Where is the total lunar eclipse seen?

Tuesday’s eclipse will be visible in East Asia, Australia, the Pacific and North America. Sky watchers in Asia and Australia will see it with their evening moonrise, while the show will unfold for sky watchers in North America in the early morning hours before moonset. It will be visible to the naked eye as long as the sky is clear in those regions.

Reuters8 November 2022 07:51


How rare is a ‘blood moon’?

Total lunar eclipses occur, on average, once every year and a half, according to NASA. But the interval varies. Tuesday’s event will mark the second blood moon this year, after the one in mid-May. The next one is not expected until March 14, 2025.

Reuters8 November 2022 07:50


Why is it red?

The reddish appearance of the lunar surface (the moon does not completely disappear from view) is caused by rays of sunlight around the outer edge of the eclipse shadow, or umbra, filtering and refracting as it passes through the atmosphere. from Earth, indirectly bathing the moon. in a faint coppery glow.

The degree of redness depends on atmospheric conditions that vary with levels of air pollution, dust storms, wildfire smoke, and even volcanic ash.

Reuters8 November 2022 07:50


What is happening today?

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth casts its shadow entirely on a full moon, blocking the reflection of all direct sunlight from the lunar orb and darkening the moon’s color to a reddish hue, hence the term “blood moon.” .

This is only possible when the orbits of the Earth, Moon, and Sun are aligned so that the Moon is directly behind the Earth relative to the Sun. Otherwise, the Moon passes above or below the shadow. from Earth because its orbit around Earth is usually tilted relative to Earth’s orbit around the sun.

Reuters8 November 2022 07:50


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… a the independentLive coverage of the last total lunar eclipse until 2025.

andrew griffin8 November 2022 07:40

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