What exactly is a ‘blood moon’ eclipse?
The world is about to see a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, for the last time in years.
There won’t be another opportunity to see the celestial event until 2025.
A total lunar eclipse happens when the Earth slots in exactly between the Moon and the Sun, hiding the two from each other. It means that light must travel through Earth’s atmosphere on the way to the Moon, which turns it red as it does.
The event will begin around 3am eastern time, and will peak in a total eclipse around three hours later, before ending another three hours after that. It will be visible across eastern Asia, Australia, the Pacific and North America.
Lunar eclipses typically happen about every year-and-a-half. But the schedule this time means that there won’t be another chance to see a blood moon for longer than that: the next one will appear on March 14, 2025.
Partial lunar eclipse ends
The partial lunar eclipse is now over, too.
For the next hour, there is a penumbral eclipse. That happens when the faint outer shadow of the Earth appears on the Moon – but it’s easy to miss, because most of the lunar surface is lit by sunlight.
Andrew Griffin8 November 2022 12:38
The total lunar eclipse is over
The Earth, Moon and Sun have moved out of alignment and the total lunar eclipse is now over.
If you’ve missed it, don’t despair: it’s still partial for a while, so you can get some of the experience. And if not then there are plenty of photos and videos to enjoy.
Andrew Griffin8 November 2022 11:41
South Koreans gather for a better view of the eclipse
In Goyang, northwest of Seoul, people used advanced equipment to get a good look at the reddening Moon:
Andrew Griffin8 November 2022 11:40
Australian surfers paddle beneath the glowing red moon
And here’s another one from Australia, at Manly Beach in Sydney.
Andrew Griffin8 November 2022 11:37
Eclipse glows red above Melbourne
Here are some pictures from Williamstown in Melbourne, where the “blood moon” looks suitably spectacular and/or terrifying, depending on your persuasion.
Andrew Griffin8 November 2022 11:35
Pictures of the red ‘blood’ moon start to arrive
Pictures of the lunar eclipse are starting to flow in. Most of these are clearly just from people’s phones, and no doubt we’ll get some more spectacular and clear-looking ones later. But here’s a taster:
Some people are having a bit of trouble, however, thanks to the clouds.
Andrew Griffin8 November 2022 10:23
The total lunar eclipse has begun!
The Moon, Sun and Earth are now lined up so that there is a total lunar eclipse. If you’re in the right place, then looking at the Moon should give you a full view now.
It will last for about an hour and a half.
Andrew Griffin8 November 2022 10:16
Live stream the eclipse
If you’re not in the right place to see the eclipse – or there is something else getting in the way, such as the weather or your unwillingness to get out of bed – then you can watch it from home. Here’s a live stream, which starts in half an hour.
Andrew Griffin8 November 2022 08:38
Eclipse begins – but there’s still some time until it peaks
The eclipse began, technically, about half an hour ago. But there are more than two hours until it actually peaks. (That happens at 3am pacific time, on the west coast where the eclipse is most likely to be seen.)
Andrew Griffin8 November 2022 08:36
Why is this the ‘beaver’ blood moon?
Tuesday’s event will coincide with the “Beaver moon,” a moniker for November’s full moon adopted by the Old Farmer’s Almanac supposedly from 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 referred to as a “Beaver blood moon” in the United States.
Andrew Griffin8 November 2022 07:55