Last total lunar eclipse for 3 years to hit skies Tuesday: How to see it in Michigan

No special equipment required for viewing

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The last total lunar eclipse for three years will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

Some non-election related Nov. 8 content for you, the last lunar eclipse for three years will occur early Tuesday morning, according to NASA.

There will be partial and penumbral lunar eclipses within the next three years, but the next total lunar eclipse will not happen until March 14, 2025.

Lunar eclipse (NASA)

A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth, and moon align, leaving the moon in the Earth’s shadow.

You won’t need any kind of special equipment to observe the eclipse, but NASA says a dark environment away from lights will make for the best viewing conditions.

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The eclipse will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8 between 3:02 a.m. and 6:42 a.m. EST.

The totality stage, when the moon is entirely in the Earth’s shadow, will be at approximately 5:17 a.m. EST.

Artist’s depiction of the Earth during a lunar eclipse from the surface of the Moon. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Scientific Visualization Studio)

Lunar eclipses are often called “blood moons” because the moon turns a reddish color when it enters the Earth’s shadow.

NASA says the moon turns red for the same reason our sky is blue, “the Moon turns red because the only sunlight reaching the Moon passes through Earth’s atmosphere. The more dust or clouds in Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the Moon will appear. It’s as if all the world’s sunrises and sunsets are projected onto the Moon.”

A map showing where the November 8, 2022 lunar eclipse is visible. Contours mark the edge of the visibility region at eclipse contact times. The map is centered on 168°57'W, the sublunar longitude at mid-eclipse. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Scientific Visualization Studio)

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