Don’t Miss the Last Total Lunar Eclipse of 2022! Illinois Will Have a Prime View
Next week we're about to witness the last total lunar eclipse of the year!
I'll be honest. I totally missed the first one. The first lunar eclipse of 2022 occurred overnight on May 15-16, 2022. So if you're like me and you're kicking yourself make sure you put this one on your calendar right now!
It's happening on Tuesday!
What To Expect at the Next Lunar Eclipse
The moon will appear reddish or brownish-orange. This is caused by the solar rays refracting through the earth’s atmosphere, kind of how we see "red sunsets" at night. You shouldn't need binoculars or weird cardboard glasses to see this phenomenon. Just some clear skies.
How Often Do Lunar Eclipses Happen?
They happen more than you think. Partial eclipses happen almost every month. But there are only a few times a year when the Sun, Earth, and Moon line up to give us a lunar eclipse.
Our ancestors thought the “Blood Moon” was an "omen of the impending doom". These days it's a really great reason to get the kids outside to stare into the sky.
When Can We See The Next Lunar Eclipse
According to WondersOfAstronomy.com, here is the schedule of astro-events in the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
- Partial umbral eclipse begins: 3:09 a.m. Moon enters the earth’s shadow.
- Total lunar eclipse begins: 4:16 a.m. Moon turns dark orange or red.
- Greatest eclipse: 4:59 a.m. Mid-point of the eclipse.
- Total lunar eclipse ends: 5:41 a.m. Moon begins to leave the shadow.
- Partial umbral eclipse ends: 6:49 a.m. Moon exits earth’s shadow.
After this one, the next total eclipse we'll be able to see will be on March 14, 2025.