On November 8, the moon will put on an incredible sight that you won’t see again until 2025: a total lunar eclipse that will turn Earth’s closest neighbor a bizarre blood-red hue. If you plan to watch it online, there are several free options available.
The Blood Moon Beaver Lunar Eclipseas it is called (this happens during the Full November Beaver Moon) will begin at 03:02 EST (08:02 GMT) and reach totality at 05:16 EST (10:16 GMT) before ending at 08:56 EST (13:56 GMT). There “Moon of blood“will be visible from North and Central America, as well as Hawaii, Alaska, and parts of South America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, according to NASA (opens in a new tab).
It will be the last lunar eclipse of 2022, and makes it the last eclipse of any type this year. But what if the weather obscures your view of the full moon? Below is our overview of the November 8 total lunar eclipse webcasts we’ve found so far.
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TimeandDate.com Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Webcast
The TimeandDate.com website will host a live stream of the total eclipse from the moon from 4:00 a.m. EST (09:00 GMT) in Nov 8.
The webcast will show views of most of the lunar eclipse, including totality, and is accompanied by a live blog by TimeandDate.com (opens in a new tab) showcasing various eclipse milestones, including what else you can see in the night sky during the early morning eclipse.
You can watch the webcast live on the eclipse blog TimeandDate.com, or directly from YouTube (opens in a new tab).
Lunar Eclipse Webcast from Lowell Observatory
Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona will also offer a free live lunar eclipse stream on 4:00 a.m. EST (09:00 GMT).
The webcast will be broadcast live on the Lowell Observatory YouTube page (it will be 2:00 a.m. local time MST in Arizona) and feature live commentary from Lowell historian Kevin Schindler and moon expert John Compton, according to a description of the event. The live commentary will run through the entirety.
“Stay up late with us for the total lunar eclipse on November 8!” the observatory wrote on Twitter (opens in a new tab), adding that the webcast will be available for people who don’t plan to watch it live. “We have a late night livestream of 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. MST. Join us live with a cup of coffee or re-watch after a good night’s sleep. Set a reminder to watch at https://youtu.be/DsXS3iDs0yA (opens in a new tab)!”
Virtual Telescope Project Blood Moon Eclipse Webcast
The online virtual telescope project led by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi will offer live streaming of the lunar eclipse from 04:30 EST (09:30 GMT). Masi will host the webcast from Ceccano, Italy, but will feature live views from an international team of astrophotographers and observers across the entire visibility range.
“On November 8, 2022, Beaver Moon will give us a stunning total eclipse, visible from Australia, Asia and the Americas. As in the past, the virtual telescope project will partner with major astro-imagers around the world whole, to bring to you the breathtaking beauty of such a unique event,” Masi wrote in a the description (opens in a new tab). “A marvelous example of cooperation across geographical boundaries! »
Blood Moon Eclipse Webcast from Griffith Observatory
The famous Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California will offer its own lunar eclipse live stream from 3 am EST (12 am PST, 0800 GMT). It will work until 9am EST (6am PST, 1400 GMT).
Although a link for the webcast is not yet available, it will be streamed live on YouTube and you can visit the Griffith Observatory YouTube page (opens in a new tab) or sign up there for alerts to know when it goes live.
“On November 8, one hundred percent of the full Moon’s round disk slowly moves into the dark umbra, and the bright Moon darkens. The Moon does not, however, become completely dark,” the observatory wrote in a description. of the event. Instead, it usually glows a copper or red color, as a result of filtered sunlight bent through Earth’s atmosphere (much like a sunset).”
Griffith Observatory will not be open for in-person viewing of the lunar eclipse, but will post a time-lapse video of the event on its YouTube page at around 11 a.m. EST (8 a.m. PST, 4 p.m. GMT).
How do lunar eclipses happen and when is the next one
Total lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes behind the Earth in relation to the sun. This sends the moon into Earth’s shadow, blocking the sunlight that typically illuminates the moon as seen from Earth’s surface.
Since the Moon’s orbit around the Earth in the form of tilt, it does not pass through the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow, called the umbra, every month. When it passes through only part of the Earth’s shadow, it creates a partial lunar eclipse. During a total lunar eclipse, the entire moon is in Earth’s shadow, turning it a blood-red color with light that is refracted through it. earth’s atmosphere.
According to NASA, a total lunar eclipse occurs approximately every 1.5 years, but several can occur in a year. The November 8 blood moon is the second total lunar eclipse of 2022 and follows the Super Flower Blood Moon Eclipse in May.
The next total lunar eclipse after November 8 will be on March 13, 2025. There will also be a second total lunar eclipse that year, on September 7, 2025, according to NASA’s eclipse website. In 2023 and 2024, the moon will experience either a partial lunar eclipse, when only part of the moon passes through the umbra, or an ever-so-light penumbral eclipse, when the moon dips through the outermost layer of the umbra. of the Earth, called the penumbra. .
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