Who will be able to see the total lunar eclipse of November 8, 2022?

Who will be able to see the total lunar eclipse of November 8, 2022?

The entire planet cannot witness the lunar eclipse on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. It is a total eclipse. It is also the last lunar eclipse of the year.

Two weeks after the solar eclipse of October 25, 2022 (partial solar eclipse), the stars are once again enveloped in an eclipse visible from our planet. On Tuesday, November 8, a lunar eclipse is announced. This is a total lunar eclipse, during which this celestial body passes into the shadow of the Earth.

Unlike the last solar eclipse, this time metropolitan France is not lucky enough to be able to witness the most significant astronomical event of November 2022. The Moon sets when it enters the penumbra and rises after leaving the darkness.

New Caledonia and French Polynesia will see the Moon eclipsed

It is in Asia, Australia, the Pacific and North America that observers will enjoy the spectacle, as NASA reminds us. This means that in New Caledonia and French Polynesia, the eclipse is observable, notes the Institute for Celestial Mechanics and Calculus of Ephemeris (IMCCE). Before the Moon sets, the West Indies and Guyana can see the entrance in the shadow.

Visibility of the lunar eclipse of November 8, 2022. // Source: IMCCE
Visibility of the lunar eclipse of November 8, 2022. // Source: IMCCE

The following table indicates the circumstances of the eclipse and what the annotations on the map above refer to.

Scenery Abbreviation Paris Time
entering the dark P1 9:02
Stepping into the shadows O1 10:09
beginning of totality T1 11:16
Maximum METER 11:59
end of totality T2 12:41
come out of the shadows O2 13:49
out of the dark P2 14:56

Did you make the trip to see the last lunar eclipse of 2022? Enjoy it, because the next total lunar eclipse is far away: we will have to wait until 2025. When a lunar eclipse occurs, the Moon, the Earth and the Sun line up in that order. One might therefore wonder why there is no lunar eclipse every month, since we know that the Moon takes about 29 days to go around the Earth. This is because the Moon’s orbit around Earth is tilted relative to Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Therefore, the Moon does not necessarily always pass through Earth’s shadow. A lunar eclipse only occurs when the orbits are aligned.

Observing a lunar eclipse requires fewer precautions than observing a solar eclipse. Your eyes are enough to enjoy it without any danger. During a total lunar eclipse, the star temporarily takes on a reddish color. This is due to the scattering of sunlight through the Earth’s atmosphere (only red continues to pass through). From the Moon, we would see a kind of red ring that surrounds the Earth at this time.

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