Watch the last total lunar eclipse until 2025 on November 8
You are about to get your last chance to witness a total lunar eclipse for quite some time. NASA has pointed out that the last solar eclipse until March 2025 will begin in the early morning hours of November 8 in North America. Parts of Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America can also catch a glimpse. The partial eclipse will begin at 4:09 AM Eastern, with totality lasting from 4:16AM to 5:42AM. The last sub-phase ends at 6:49 AM. Those on the east coast of the US will miss some or all of that last segment when the moon sets. However, you may not need to go outside if it’s too cold — there are ways to watch from the warmth of home.
Live streams will be available. Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona will offer multiple telescopic views of the total lunar eclipse from 4AM Eastern. Timeanddate.com will have flow in multiple cities, including its own view from Roswell, New Mexico and feeds from San Diego and Perth in Australia. The Virtual Telescope Project will also: provide international coverage.
You want to take a look, even though 2025 doesn’t seem that far away. Total lunar eclipses (where the Earth is directly between the moon and the sun) earn their nickname “blood moon” because of the optical tricks that paint the lunar surface dramatically red. While short wavelength blue light tends to get trapped in the particles of Earth’s atmosphere, the longer wavelengths of red, orange and yellow help them complete the cosmic journey. It is a stunning effect that you can see with your naked eyes. And if you have a telescope, you might even see Uranus in the distance.
During the interval there will be partial and penumbral lunar eclipses. The first to be seen in America will take place on October 28, 2023, while others will take place on March 25 and September 18 of the following year. So you are not completely unlucky, even if those events will not be so eye-catching.
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