Total lunar eclipse on November 8, 2022
Total lunar eclipse
A total lunar eclipse sweeps across Asia, Australia, the Americas, and the Pacific on the morning of November 6, 2022.
Penumbral eclipse begins at 08:02 UTC on November 8 (3:02 a.m. EDT).
Partial eclipse begins at 09:09 UTC on November 8 (4:09 a.m. EDT).
Totality begins (moon engulfed in Earth’s shadow) begins at 10:16 UTC on November 8 (5:16 a.m. EDT).
Totality ends at 11:41 UTC on November 8 (6:41 a.m. EDT).
Partial eclipse ends at 12:49 UTC on November 8 (7:49 a.m. EDT).
Penumbral eclipse ends at 13:56 UTC on November 8 (8:56 a.m. EDT).
Maximum eclipse is at 10:59 UTC on November 8 (5:59 a.m. EDT).
Duration of totality: About 85 minutes.
A full moon is up only at night. And a total lunar eclipse can be seen from all of Earth that is experiencing night, while the eclipse is taking place. But some will see the eclipse better than others, depending on location. Some will see it at moonrise or moonset, when the moon is low in the sky. Lunar eclipses are safe to view with the unaided eye. Binoculars and telescopes enhance the view, but aren’t required.
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, and the gamma value decreases.
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 (6:59 a.m. EDT). 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!
The path of the moon during the eclipse
Find the moon’s path with respect to Earth’s umbral and penumbral shadows below. You can visit timeanddate.com to get the exact timing of the eclipse from your location.
Next eclipse and eclipse seasons
An eclipse season is an approximate 35-day period during which it’s inevitable for at least 2 (and possibly 3) eclipses to take place. The current October-November 2022 eclipse season will feature 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.
Maps and data
- Detailed Lunar Eclipse Figure: eclipse geometry diagram and map of eclipse visibility (key to figure)
- Saros 136 Table: data for all eclipses in the Saros series
- Danjon Scale of Lunar Eclipse Brightness
- Eclipse map and animation.
What a total lunar eclipse looks like from our EarthSky community
Bottom line: A total lunar eclipse will take place on Tuesday morning, November 8, 2022. The path sweeps across Asia, Australia, the Americas, and the Pacific.