Are you an eclipse aficionado? Of course, you are, that’s why you are here!!! Just like each and every year, we witness at least 2 Lunar Eclipses (though, the number could vary). In 2022, the first one occurred on May 16, 2022. It was the total lunar eclipse of the moon.
The second, as well as the last lunar eclipse of 2022, will also be the totality of the moon. It will occur on Tuesday, November 08 which will also be coinciding with Beaver Moon. Okay, for the people living in the northern hemisphere, it will be a Beaver Moon. Conversely, for the people living in the southern hemisphere, the total lunar eclipse of Nov 08 will be coinciding with the Flower Moon.
In this exclusive article, I am gonna walk you through each and every detail regarding the total lunar eclipse of November 8, 2022. Not to mention, this celestial event will be visible from some places, and from some, it won’t. WHY? Well, don’t worry, we will talk about this in a later section.
But, before going ahead, let me give you a brief review of the definition of different types of lunar eclipses. I mean, I want you to know why the second, as well as the last lunar eclipse of 2022, is a totality of the moon, not partial, or a penumbral lunar eclipse. Let’s Dive right in.
Lunar Eclipse Definition
A lunar eclipse occurs when these two principal criteria are fulfilled.
- First, only on a full moon day, a lunar eclipse can occur. Thankfully, November 8 is a full moon day. So, we are safe here.
- Second, a lunar eclipse occurs when the earth comes between the moon and the sun. In other words, an eclipse of the moon occurs when the earth’s shadow partially or completely blocks the sunlight from falling on the surface of the moon.
In fact, the second criterion i.e the earth’s shadow plays a decisive role in the fact that whether the eclipse of the moon is total, partial, or, penumbral. Let me explain…!!!
Game of Shadows
For starters, a shadow can be divided into three parts i.e Umbra, Penumbra, and Autumbra. However, because of the demand for the topic, right now, we are only interested in the first two. (Refer to the above image for proper understanding).
An umbra is the innermost part of the shadow, where the light source(sunlight) is completely blocked by the opaque body (earth). In layman, you can say that the umbra is nothing but the darkest part of the shadow.
Conversely, a penumbra is the outer part of the shadow, where the light source is not blocked but only obscured by the opaque body. In layman, you can say that the penumbra is nothing but the lightest part of the shadow.
Types of Lunar Eclipse
Taking into consideration the game of shadows, there are generally three types of lunar eclipses. These are the penumbral lunar eclipse, total lunar eclipse, and partial lunar eclipse. (Refer to the above image for proper understanding).
- A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the earth’s penumbra.
- A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the moon partially passes through the earth’s umbra.
- Similarly, a total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon completely passes through the earth’s umbra.
I hope now you know why this eclipse of the moon is a total lunar eclipse. Because during the lunar eclipse of Nov 08, the moon will completely pass through the earth’s umbra i.e the darkest part of the earth’s shadow.
When and Where to See the Next Total Lunar Eclipse of 2022?
Just because of the fact that the earth is round, when half of the planet is living in the darkness, at the same time, the other half is enjoying the daylight. Therefore, as a result of the earth’s curvature, and, of course, the earth’s tilt, this eclipse of the moon will be visible only from some specific geographic locations.
Visibility Map of Total Lunar Eclipse of 2022 November 08
The visibility of the total lunar eclipse of Nov 08 will solely depend on the fact that where on the earth you reside. (Refer to the above image for proper understanding). This totality of the moon will be completely visible over the Pacific and most of North America.
In addition, it will also be seen on the rising moon over Australia, Asia, and in the far north-east of Europe, and the setting moon over South America and eastern North America. In case you don’t know a solar and lunar eclipse always occur in pairs. A solar eclipse always occurs either before or two weeks after the occurrence of a lunar eclipse. That is why we also have a partial solar eclipse on October 25, 2022.
Timing of Total Lunar Eclipse of Nov 08, 2022
According to timeanddate.com, on Tuesday, Nov 08, a penumbral lunar eclipse will begin at 08:02:15 UTC. After that, the partial lunar eclipse will begin at 09:09:12 UTC following the total lunar eclipse that will begin at 10:16:39 UTC and this totality of the moon will end sharply at 11:41:36 UTC.
Not to mention, the greatest eclipse will occur at 10:59:11 UTC which is between the start and the end of the total lunar eclipse. At last, the partial lunar eclipse will end at 12:49:03 UTC following the end of the penumbral lunar eclipse at 13:56:09 UTC. In order to understand it more clearly, refer to the table given below.
Eclipse Timing of Total Lunar Eclipse of 2022 Nov 08
|Eclipse Event||Time (UTC)|
|1.||Penumbral Lunar Eclipse begins||08 Nov, 08:02:15|
|2.||Partial Lunar Eclipse begins||08 Nov, 09:09:12|
|3.||Total Lunar Eclipse begins||08 Nov, 10:16:39|
|4.||Greatest Eclipse begins||08 Nov, 10:59:11|
|5.||Total Lunar Eclipse ends||08 Nov, 11:41:36|
|6.||Partial Lunar Eclipse ends||08 Nov, 12:49:03|
|7.||Penumbral Lunar Eclipse ends||08 Nov, 13:56:09|
Some Exclusive Facts About Total Lunar Eclipse of Nov 08, 2022
Here are some of the most important and exclusive characteristics facts about the upcoming total lunar eclipse of Nov 08, 2022.
- The eclipse magnitude (Umbral) is 1.36069
- Penumbral Magnitude is 2.41615
- This eclipse of the moon belongs to Saros 136 Table and is number 20 of 72 eclipses in the series.
- On this day, the Moon is in the constellation Aries.
- For the Total Lunar Eclipse of 2022 on Nov 08, Gamma has a value of 0.25703.
- The overall duration of the eclipse is 5 hours and 54 minutes.
- The overall duration of the totality of the moon is 1 hour and 25 minutes.
- Duration of partiality of the moon is 2 hours and 15 minutes.
- The overall duration of the penumbral lunar eclipse is 2 hours and 14 minutes.
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Is it safe to look at the lunar eclipse without special glasses? Well, in my view, absolutely yes. It is perfectly safe to look directly at the lunar eclipse of 2022. I mean, there is no need for any protective eyewear or special eye covers to protect your eyes. Because the intensity of light during any type of lunar eclipse is very much less compared to the light emitted during a solar eclipse.
However, if you want to enhance the beauty of your majestic view, you can definitely use binoculars. At last, I wish you good luck with this epic moon gazing. And, do let me know about your astonishing experience in the comment section.
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