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Blood moon will emerge on Election Day in last total lunar eclipse for 3 years

Before polls open in the midterms on Tuesday, the usually shiny and glowing moon will seem an eerie pink because the last total lunar eclipse for the subsequent three years takes place. 

NASA mentioned the total lunar eclipse — when the solar, Earth and moon align in order that the moon goes into Earth’s shadow — will happen on November 8, Election Day. The eclipse will start at 3:02 ET, and totality – when the moon is inside the darkest a part of Earth’s shadow and seems a shiny pink, incomes it the nickname of “blood moon” – will last from about 5:17 a.m. to six:42 a.m. Eastern. 

The blood moon stage of the eclipse will be seen from North and Central America, Ecuador, Colombia and western areas of Venezuela and Peru. Those in Hawaii will have the ability to see each stage of the eclipse, NASA mentioned. 

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A map displaying the place the November 8, 2022 lunar eclipse is seen. Contours mark the sting of the visibility area at eclipse contact occasions. The map is centered on 168°57’W, the sublunar longitude at mid-eclipse.

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio


In a video posted on Twitter, NASA mentioned the eclipse will present a little bit “celestial magic.” 

“You will be able to see the entire eclipse unfold before sunrise, weather permitting, as the moon exits the dark part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra,” NASA mentioned. 

No particular gear will be required to observe the eclipse, though being in an space away from shiny lights will make it extra seen. Those who’ve binoculars on hand will get the added perk of having the ability to see the ice planet Uranus, “just a finger’s width away from the eclipsed moon,” NASA mentioned. 

The last total lunar eclipse was in May. That eclipse created what’s referred to as the “super flower blood moon,” which solely occurs when there’s a total lunar eclipse as the total moon is at its closest level to Earth. Millions have been in a position to spot the large red-looking space object from the Americas, Europe and Africa. 

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