November 8, 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse: Telescopic View

  • Released Wednesday, September 28, 2022
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Also see the shadow diagram and visibility map for this eclipse.

The November 8, 2022 total lunar eclipse is the second of the year. The Moon is traveling above the Pacific Ocean during this eclipse, so that both Hawaii and Alaska are well situated to witness the entire event from beginning to end. But totality is also visible in the early morning hours before moonset in all of North and Central America, and in the early evening after moonrise in Asia and Australia. This is the last total lunar eclipse for a while – the next one occurs on March 14, 2025.

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 sublunar point, the last line of the table above, is the point on the Earth's surface where the Moon is directly overhead. It's also the center of the hemisphere of the Earth where the eclipse is visible. The closer you are to that location, the higher the Moon will be in your sky. The eclipse percentage in the table is the fraction of the Moon covered by the Earth's umbra, the part of its shadow in which the Sun is completely blocked. The part of the shadow in which the Sun is only partially blocked is called the penumbra.

The animations on this page run from 7:20:00 to 14:59:50 UTC, which is also the valid range of times for this Dial-a-Moon. The exposure setting of the virtual camera changes around totality in order to capture the wide dynamic range of the eclipse. The parts of the Moon outside the umbra during the partial phases are almost as bright as an ordinary full moon, making the obstructed parts appear nearly black. But during totality, our eyes adjust and reveal a range of hues painted on the Moon by all of Earth's sunrises and sunsets.

All phases of a lunar eclipse are safe to view, both with your naked eye and an unfiltered telescope.


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This page was originally published on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
This page was last updated on Monday, July 15, 2024 at 12:09 AM EDT.


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