November 8, 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse: Shadow View

  • Released Wednesday, September 28, 2022
  • Updated Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 4:57PM
  • ID: 5032

Both movies and high-resolution still images are available for Universal Time (UTC, above) along with Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific Standard Time. Also see the visibility map and Dial-a-Moon for this eclipse.

On November 8, 2022, the Moon enters the Earth's shadow, creating a total lunar eclipse, the first since May. This animation shows the changing appearance of the Moon as it travels into and out of the Earth's shadow, along with times at various stages. Celestial north is up in this imagery, corresponding to the view from mid-northern latitudes. Rotating the images by 180 degrees would create the south-up view for southern hemisphere observers.

The penumbra is the part of the Earth’s shadow where the Sun is only partially covered by the Earth. The umbra is where the Sun is completely hidden. The Moon's appearance isn't affected much by the penumbra. The real action begins when the Moon starts to disappear as it enters the umbra at about 4:09 a.m. EST. An hour later, entirely within the umbra, the Moon is a ghostly copper color. Totality lasts for an hour and a half before the Moon begins to emerge from the central shadow. Throughout the eclipse, the Moon is moving throught the constellation Aries.

The planet Uranus is about 3 degrees (six Moon widths) north of the Moon during totality. It's normally a bit too dim to see with the naked eye, but binoculars and small telescopes reveal it as a small, mint-green dot.


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Datasets used in this visualization

LRO DEM (A.K.A. Digital Elevation Map) (Collected with the LOLA sensor)
DE421 (A.K.A. JPL DE421)
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LROC WAC Color Mosaic (A.K.A. Natural Color Hapke Normalized WAC Mosaic) (Collected with the LRO Camera sensor)
MosaicArizona State University

This natural-color global mosaic is based on the 'Hapke normalized' mosaic from LRO's wide-angle camera. The data has been gamma corrected, white balanced, and range adjusted to more closely match human vision.

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