October 30, 2022

Sundays in Space: Blood Moon Lunar eclipse on Election Day

Mary Apel

If you’re up super early to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the total lunar eclipse, when the sun, Earth and moon align.

This will be the second and final lunar eclipse of 2022, with the first this year occurring on May 16. You may want to try and catch this one next Tuesday, as there won’t be another total lunar eclipse until March 14, 2025.

As the moon passes through Earth’s shadow, it will gradually change color to appear rusty orange or dark red in the sky. The colorful transformation is why some refer to a total lunar eclipse as a Blood Moon. November’s full moon is also known as a Beaver Moon.

In the US, the lunar eclipse falls on Election Day. Coincidence? We think so. But still cool to see! Since this sort of eclipse doesn’t involve looking directly at the sun, it’s safe to view with the naked eye, and will look even better through a telescope or binoculars. Bundle up, it will be chilly!

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