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Total lunar eclipse on November 8, 2022

Total lunar eclipse: Map of the Earth showing dark area mostly over the Pacific Ocean.
View full map. | This image shows where the November 8, 2022, total lunar eclipse will be visible. Image via Dominic Ford from Used with permission.

Total lunar eclipse

A total lunar eclipse will sweep across Asia, Australia, the Americas and the Pacific on November 8, 2022.

Penumbral eclipse begins at 08:02 UTC on November 8 (3:02 a.m. EST).
Partial eclipse begins at 09:09 UTC on November 8 (4:09 a.m. EST).
Totality begins (moon engulfed in Earth’s shadow) begins at 10:16 UTC on November 8 (5:16 a.m. EST).
Totality ends at 11:41 UTC on November 8 (6:41 a.m. EST).
Partial eclipse ends at 12:49 UTC on November 8 (7:49 a.m. EST).
Penumbral eclipse ends at 13:56 UTC on November 8 (8:56 a.m. EST).
Maximum eclipse is at 10:59 UTC on November 8 (5:59 a.m. EST).
Duration of totality is about 85 minutes.
Note: A total lunar eclipse when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned, with Earth in the middle. Earth’s shadow falls on the moon. November 8, 2022, is Election Day in the U.S. And many are asking … when was the last total lunar eclipse on Election Day? Click here to read about lunar eclipses on Election Day.

A final note. Lunar eclipses are safe to view with the unaided eye. Binoculars and telescopes enhance the view, but aren’t required. Visit to get eclipse timings from your location.

November 8 total lunar eclipse will be near Mars!

Chart: Slanted green ecliptic line with moon and Mars along it and Pleiades and Aldebaran shown.
The November 2022 full moon will rise near sunset on November 7, 2022. And fiery Mars, the red planet, will rise soon afterward and be near the moon during the eclipse! Red Mars and a red eclipsed moon. Wow! Mars is racing towards its opposition on December 8, 2022. That’s when Earth will pass between Mars and the sun, and the distance between our 2 worlds will be closest for about 2 years. So Mars is particularly bright now … very fun to see. Also nearby, look for the delicate star cluster Pleiades and red star Aldebaran, eye of Taurus the Bull. Chart via John Jardine Goss/ EarthSky.

For some observers, an ISS transit during the eclipse

More eclipse maps, November 8, 2022

Diagram with 3 positions of moon relative to dark circle representing Earth's shadow.
Morning of November 8: Total eclipse of the moon. The event begins at 9:09 UTC (3:09 a.m. CST). The curvature of the shadow on the moon’s surface becomes visible a few minutes later. Totality lasts from 10:16 UTC (4:16 a.m. CST) to 11:41 UTC (5:41 a.m. CST). In that time span, the darkened moon lies completely in the shadow. The moon leaves the umbral shadow at 12:49 UTC (6:49 a.m. CST). Viewers can see the eclipse best from the western U.S. Totality will last for over 85.7 minutes. As a bonus, dim Uranus lies just 2 degrees east of the eclipsed moon. People on the U.S. East Coast won’t see the end of the eclipse because it happens too close to their sunrise. Chart via John Jardine Goss / EarthSky.
The eclipsed moon, a few stars and Uranus in circle representing view through binoculars.
On the morning of November 8, 2022, the bright full moon lies very close to the very dim planet Uranus, obscuring any view of the planet. Fortunately, during the total eclipse, Uranus, and some similarly dim stars, are visible through binoculars. Uranus lies about 2 apparent moon diameters above the eclipsed moon. Chart via John Jardine Goss/ EarthSky.
Map of world with eclipsed portion shown, with diagram of Earth and moon above.
A map for the total lunar eclipse on November 8, 2022. It sweeps across Asia, Australia, the Americas, and the Pacific. Areas in white on the map will see the total eclipse, the line down the left side notes where greatest eclipse occurs. Shaded areas will see part of the eclipse and dark areas are where the eclipse is not visible. Note the difference between UTC and TD (terrestrial dynamical time, often abbreviated TDT or TT as well). Key to lunar eclipse maps here. Eclipse predictions and image via Fred Espenak/ Used with permission.

Moon, constellation, Saros

Greatest eclipse takes place 5.8 days before the moon reaches apogee, its farthest point from Earth for the month. So, it’s a relatively small-sized moon during this eclipse. During the eclipse, the moon is located in the direction of the constellation Aries.

The Saros catalog describes the periodicity of eclipses. This November 8 total eclipse belongs to Saros 136. It is number 20 of 72 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the moon’s ascending node. The moon moves southward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series.

The instant of greatest eclipse – when the axis of the moon’s shadow cone passes closest to Earth’s center – takes place at 10:59 UTC (5:59 a.m. EST). This total eclipse is central, meaning the moon’s disk actually passes through the axis of Earth’s umbral shadow. During the eclipse, the moon is located in the direction of the constellation Aries.

Because they are so deep, such eclipses typically have the longest total phases. In this case, the duration of totality lasts almost an hour and a half: 85.7 minutes!

Next eclipse and eclipse seasons

The total lunar eclipse of November 8, 2022, is preceded two weeks earlier by a partial solar eclipse on October 25, 2022. These eclipses all take place during a single eclipse season.

An eclipse season is an approximate 35-day period during which it’s inevitable for at least two (and possibly three) eclipses to take place. The current October-November 2022 eclipse season features a partial solar eclipse on October 25 and a total lunar eclipse on November 7-8.

In 2023 we have another April-May eclipse season with a total solar eclipse on April 20, 2023, and a penumbral lunar eclipse on May 5-6, 2023. The October-November eclipse season includes an annular solar eclipse on October 14, 2023, and a partial lunar eclipse on October 28-29, 2023.

November full moon is the Beaver Moon

Crest of the full moon falls at 11:02 UTC on November 8. That’s 5:02 a.m. CST, and it occurs during the midpoint of the total lunar eclipse.

All the full moons have popular nicknames. If the full moon in November falls before November 7, it is called the Hunter’s Moon. Otherwise, like this year, it is the full Beaver Moon. The name Beaver Moon recognizes that November is the time of year when beavers prepare their dens for the coming cold months and stock up on food. Other names for the November full moon include the Frost Moon because of the cold nights, and the Digging Moon because of the last chances of seasonal foraging by forest animals.

November full moon is in Aries

The November full moon can lie in front of one of three constellations of the zodiac. Most years it lies in Taurus. But it can also be in Aries, as it does this year and again in 2025. Occasionally, it falls in Cetus the Whale, the sprawling constellation just south of Aries. The moon is roundest on the day when it is full, but the day before and the day after, it appears almost, but not quite, full.

Complex diagram showing position of moon relative to constellations at full moon.
At full moon, the sun, Earth and moon are aligned in space, with Earth in the middle. The moon’s day side – its fully lighted hemisphere – directly faces us. This November full moon also passes through Earth’s shadow, resulting in a total lunar eclipse. Chart via John Jardine Goss/ EarthSky.

Total lunar eclipse maps and data

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Thank you, Fred Espenak, for granting permission to reprint this article. For the best in eclipse info – from an expert – visit Fred’s publications page.

What a total lunar eclipse looks like from our EarthSky community

Red full moon in a black background with a few faint stars.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Shaun Tarpley in League City, Texas, captured an incredibly vibrant shot of the lunar eclipse on May 15, 2022, and wrote: “This image was taken from my backyard. The iOptron Skyguider Pro allowed me to take this 13 second image at roughly 700mm to bring out the detail in the moon and sky.” Thank you, Shaun!

How to take photos of a lunar eclipse.

Submit your photo to EarthSky here.

Bottom line: It’ll be early morning in North America for the November 8, 2022 total lunar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible across Asia, Australia, the Americas and the Pacific.

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