The 'Blood Moon eclipse', the 'Election Day eclipse': there were a few names given to describe yesterday's celestial event.

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A total lunar eclipse occurre in the early hours of 8 November 2022, and during the event observers were able to see the Moon's surface turn dim and rusty red.

The lunar eclipse will be visible in the USA, Canada, South America, Australia and much of Asia.

For the full picture and the science behind what the event, read our complete guide to the 8 November total lunar eclipse.

8 November lunar eclipse in pictures

The total lunar eclipse of 8 November 2022, captured by Michael Shapiro, Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA. I would like to submit the attached image for your consideration. The image is comprised of the top 25% of frames from a single 1 minute video at around 6 am EST this morning.   Date of capture: 11/8/22 in Gear: Celestron Evolution 8 with f6.3 focal reducer. ZWO ASI 294 MC Pro. Captured using Firecapture.  Stacked in Autostakket and processed in Photoshop.
The total lunar eclipse of 8 November 2022, captured by Michael Shapiro, Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA. Equipment: Celestron Evolution 8 with f6.3 focal reducer. ZWO ASI 294 MC Pro. Captured using Firecapture. Stacked in Autostakkert and processed in Photoshop.
The 8 November 2022 lunar eclipse captured by Anupam Naskar from Kolkata, India. Equipment: Nikon D 7500 camera, Sigma 150-500 mm lens. 6 frames taken in shutter speed 1/50 to 1/125 sec & f 6.3 with ISO 160 to 1250
The 8 November 2022 lunar eclipse captured by Anupam Naskar from Kolkata, India. Equipment: Nikon D 7500 camera, Sigma 150-500 mm lens. 6 frames taken in shutter speed 1/50 to 1/125 sec & f 6.3 with ISO 160 to 1250
The total lunar eclipse of 8 November 2022 captured by Soumyadeep Mukherjee, Kolkata, India. Equipment: Nikon D5600 camera, Sigma 150–600c lens, iOptron Skyguider Pro Exposure: f/6.3, ISO 800, 600mm, five exposures blended (10 seconds, 4 seconds, 1/3 second, 1/13 second, 1/100 second)
The total lunar eclipse of 8 November 2022 captured by Soumyadeep Mukherjee, Kolkata, India. Equipment: Nikon D5600 camera, Sigma 150–600c lens, iOptron Skyguider Pro. Exposure: f/6.3, ISO 800, 600mm, five exposures blended (10 seconds, 4 seconds, 1/3 second, 1/13 second, 1/100 second)
The total lunar eclipse of 8 November 2022 captured by Mirella Di Lorio from South Melbourne, Australia, using an iPhone 13.
The total lunar eclipse of 8 November 2022 captured by Mirella Di Lorio from South Melbourne, Australia, using an iPhone 13.
The total lunar eclipse of 8 November 2022 captured by Felix Zai from Toronto, Canada. Equipment: Canon 6D MarkII. Sigma 150-600mm lens.
The total lunar eclipse of 8 November 2022 captured by Felix Zai from Toronto, Canada. Equipment: Canon 6D MarkII. Sigma 150-600mm lens.

8 November lunar eclipse timings

Lunar Eclipse (10/12/2011) by Tim Jukes, Tsukuba, Japan.
A sequence shot of the 10 December 2011 lunar eclipse, by Tim Jukes, Tsukuba, Japan. Equipment: Nikon D7000, Sigma 100-300mm f4 + 1.4x Teleconverter.

At 08:20 UTC (03:02 EDT), the first stage of the eclipse will begin, but you won't see anything particularly noticeable until the partial stage, which occurs at 09:09 UTC (04:09 EDT).

At this point, it will appear as though a 'bite' is being taken out of the Moon.

You can see an animation showing the stages of the 8 November total lunar eclipse via this NASA video:

Totality begins at 10:17 UTC (05:17 EDT), and this is the moment when the Moon turns rusty red.

Binoculars or a telescope will really help appreciate the mesmerising effects of the total lunar eclipse.

Totality will end at 11:42 UTC (06:42 EDT), and the red tint to the Moon will begin to fade.

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If you do manage to observe or even photograph the lunar eclipse, let us know! Get in touch by emailing contactus@skyatnightmagazine.com.

Authors

Iain Todd, BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Iain ToddScience journalist

Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Content Editor. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.

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