The blood moon appears on election day in the last total lunar eclipse for 3 years
The normally bright and luminous moon will appear an eerie red early Tuesday in the last total lunar eclipse for the next three years. The so-called “beaver moon,” as the November full moon is known, reaches its peak illumination during the lunar eclipse at 6:02 a.m. EST.
NASA said the total lunar eclipse — when the sun, Earth, and moon align so that the moon enters Earth’s shadow — will occur on November 8, Election Day. The eclipse begins at 3:02 a.m. ET, and totality — when the Moon is in the darkest part of Earth’s shadow and appears bright red, earning it the nickname “Blood Moon” — will last from about 5:17 a.m. to 6:42 a.m East.
The blood moon stage of the eclipse will be visible from North and Central America, Ecuador, Colombia, and western areas of Venezuela and Peru. Those in Hawaii will be able to see each phase of the eclipse, NASA said.
In a video posted to Twitter, NASA said the eclipse will feature a little “celestial magic.”
“You will be able to see the entire eclipse before sunrise, weather permitting, when the moon leaves the dark part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra,” NASA said.
No special equipment is required to view the eclipse, although it’s more visible if you’re in an area away from bright lights. Those with binoculars handy have the added benefit of being able to see the icy planet Uranus, “just a finger’s breadth from the eclipsed moon,” NASA said.
The last total lunar eclipse was in May. This eclipse produced what is known as “Superflower Blood Moon‘, which only happens during a total lunar eclipse since the full moon is closest to Earth. Millions were able to spot the huge red-looking space object from America, Europe and Africa.