On Nov. August, the moon presents an amazing sight you won’t see again until 2025: a total lunar eclipse that will bathe Earth’s nearest neighbor an eerie blood-red hue. If you are planning to watch it online, there are several free options available to you.
That Beaver Blood Moon Lunar Eclipseas it says (it happens during the Beaver full moon in November) begins at 3:02 a.m. EST (0802 GMT) and reaches aggregation at 5:16 a.m. EST (1016 GMT) before ending at 8:56 a.m. EST (1356 GMT). That “blood moon“Phase 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 new tab).
Be sure to check out our guide When does the total lunar eclipse take place? so you don’t miss the last three years.
This will be the last lunar eclipse of 2022 and indeed the last eclipse of any kind this year. But what if the weather clouds the view of the full moon? Below is our rundown of the 11.8 total lunar eclipse webcasts we’ve found so far.
If you are looking photograph the moondon’t miss out on our guides how to photograph a lunar eclipseas well as How to photograph the moon with a camera for some helpful tips on planning your moon photo session. Our overview of the The best cameras for astrophotography and The best lenses for astrophotography can also help.
TimeandDate.com Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Webcast
The website TimeandDate.com will host a live stream of the total solar eclipse the moon starts at 4 p.m. EST (0900 GMT) he nov 8
The webcast features views of most of the lunar eclipse, including the entirety, and is accompanied by a live blog from TimeandDate.com (opens in new tab) shows various milestones for the eclipse, including what else you can see in the night sky during the early morning eclipse.
You can watch the live webcast on the TimeandDate.com Eclipse blog, or directly from YouTube (opens in new tab).
Lunar Eclipse Webcast from Lowell Observatory
The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona also offers a free live stream of the lunar eclipse 4 p.m. EST (0900 GMT).
The webcast will be streamed live on the Lowell Observatory YouTube page (it will be 2 a.m. local time MST in Arizona) and with live commentary from Lowell historian Kevin Schindler and lunar expert John Compton, according to an event description. The live commentary runs through the entirety.
“Stay up late with us for the total lunar eclipse on November 8th!” the observatory wrote on Twitter (opens in new tab), adding that the webcast will be available for people who don’t plan to watch it live. “We have a nightly live stream of 2:00 am – 5:00 am MST. Join us live over a cup of coffee or check back after a restful night. Set a reminder to watch https://youtu.be/DsXS3iDs0yA (opens in new tab)!”
Virtual Telescope Project Blood Moon Eclipse webcast
The online project Virtual Telescope by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi will be offering a live stream of the lunar eclipse from December 21, 2020 4:30 p.m. EST (0930 GMT). Masi will be moderating the webcast from Ceccano, Italy, but will show live views from an international team of astrophotographers and observers from across the field of view.
“Next November 8, 2022, the Beaver Moon will provide us with a superb total solar eclipse visible from Australia, Asia and the Americas. As in the past, the Virtual Telescope Project will be collaborating with some great astro-imagers around the world to bring you the breathtaking beauty of such a unique event,” Masi wrote in a designation (opens in new tab). “A wonderful example of collaboration across geographical borders!”
Blood Moon Eclipse webcast from Griffith Observatory
The famous Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California, offers its own live stream of the lunar eclipse from 7:00 p.m 3 p.m. EST (12 p.m. PST, 0800 GMT). She runs until 9 am EST (6 am PST, 1400 GMT).
Although a link for the webcast is not yet available, it will be livestreamed on YouTube and you can do so Visit the Griffith Observatory YouTube page (opens in new tab) or sign up for notifications there to know when it goes live.
“On November 8, the full moon’s round disk slowly moves into dark shadow one hundred percent, and the bright moon eclipses. However, the moon will not be completely dark,” writes the observatory in a description of the event. Instead, it usually glows a coppery or red color, which is a result of sunlight being filtered and bent by Earth’s atmosphere (similar to a sunset).”
The Griffith Observatory is not open for in-person viewing of the lunar eclipse, but will offer a time-lapse video of the event on its YouTube page around 11 a.m. EST (8 a.m. PST, 1600 GMT).
How lunar eclipses occur and when the next one is
Total lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes behind the earth in relation to the sun. This sends the Moon into Earth’s shadow and blocks the sunlight that normally illuminates the Moon as seen from Earth’s surface.
Because the moon orbits the earth as a tilt, it does not pass through the darkest part of the earth’s shadow, the umbra, every month. If it only passes 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, tinting it a blood-red color with light refracted through it earth atmosphere.
According to NASA, a total lunar eclipse occurs about every 1.5 years, but there can be several in a year. The Nov. 8 Blood Moon is the second total lunar eclipse of 2022 and follows the Super Flower Blood Moon Solar Eclipse in May.
The next total lunar eclipse after 8/11 will be on March 13, 2025. There will also be a second total lunar eclipse this year, on September 13th. 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 penetrates the umbra, or a very slight penumbral eclipse, when the Moon dives through the outermost layer of Earth’s shadow, called the penumbra.
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