On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, a total lunar eclipse will be seen from Oceania, the Americas, Asia, and Northern Europe when the moon passes through the shadow of Earth.
Lunar eclipses occur when the sun, the Earth, and the moon are 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.
There are two kinds of lunar eclipses:
1) A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon and Sun are on opposite sides of Earth.
2)A partial lunar eclipse happens when only part of Earth’s shadow covers the Moon.
During some stages of a lunar eclipse, the Moon can appear reddish. This is because the only remaining sunlight reaching the Moon at that point is from around the edges of the Earth, as seen from the Moon’s surface. From there, an observer during an eclipse would see all Earth’s sunrises and sunsets at once.
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.
TIMINGS OF THE TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE ON NOVEMBER 8, 2022:
A partial lunar eclipse starts at 2.39 pm.
The total lunar eclipse starts at 3.46 pm.
The maximum total lunar eclipse occurs at 4:29 pm.
The total lunar eclipse ends at 5:11 pm.
Moonset time will be at 6.19 am.
There are 7 stages of a total lunar eclipse:
1)Penumbral eclipse begins: This begins when the penumbral part of Earth’s shadow starts moving over the Moon. This phase is not easily seen by the naked eye.
2)Partial eclipse begins: Earth’s umbra starts covering the Moon, making the eclipse more visible.
3)Total eclipse begins: Earth’s umbra completely covers the Moon and the Moon is red, brown, or yellow in color.
4)Maximum eclipse: This is the middle of the total eclipse.
5)Total eclipse ends: At this stage, Earth’s umbra starts moving away from the Moon’s surface.
6)Partial eclipse ends: Earth’s umbra completely leaves the Moon’s surface.
7)Penumbral eclipse ends: At this point, the eclipse ends and Earth’s shadow completely moves away from the Moon.
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