Don’t You Miss To Watch The Beaver Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse On Nov. 8

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, the moon will pass through the shadow of Earth resulting in a total lunar eclipse that will be from Oceania, the Americas, Asia, and Northern Europe.

The eclipse will begin at 4:10 a.m. EDT (0810 GMT) and will end at approximately 7:49 a.m. EDT (1149 GMT) when the moon once again emerges. The total eclipse period is shorter than this, however, and will last from 5:17 a.m. EDT (0917 GMT) to 6:42 a.m. EDT (1042 GMT). 

As the moon is in Earth’s shadow, light from the sun is blocked making the moon appear less bright. As the eclipse proceeds, the moon’s disk will eventually will appear unilluminated directly by the sun, but some light still hits the moon.

Lunar eclipses occurs when the sun, the Earth, and the moon come across in a straight line with Earth sitting in the middle casting its shadow on the moon. The moon is at the opposite side of the Earth to the sun every full moon, so roughly once a month.

Despite this, eclipses don’t happen every month because the moon orbits the Earth at an angle of around five degrees relative to the plane in which the Earth orbits the sun meaning the alignment between the three bodies isn’t exact.

When they do happen between two to three times a year lunar eclipses are visible anywhere on Earth that the moon is above the horizon. Observers can safely directly look at lunar eclipses, unlike solar eclipses. 

The total lunar eclipse on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, is the second and final lunar eclipse of this year with the previous eclipse of the moon happening on May 16. 

How will the total lunar eclipse proceed?

The change in the moon’s appearance as the eclipse proceeds is because the Earth’s shadow is comprised of different parts. 

The outer part of our planet’s shadow is called the penumbra, and the inner part is the umbra. A total lunar eclipse happens when the moon is in the umbra  —  a much darker part of our planet’s shadow. 

On Tuesday, the moon will first enter the outer shadow or penumbra at 3:03 a.m. EST (0803 GMT) which will prompt its dimming. At around 4:10 a.m. EDT (0810 GMT) it will enter the Earth’s inner shadow  —  the umbra  —  and will be partially eclipsed. This results in a circular shadow advancing over the disc of the moon. At 5:17 a.m. EST (0917 GMT) the moon will be entirely within the umbra and this is when the total eclipse starts.

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