Tonight Is The Last Total Lunar Eclipse Of The Year In NoDak
North Dakotans will be treated to another show in the skies coming up TONIGHT.
According to a press release from The Backyard Astronomer Gary Boyle, North Dakota will get a chance to witness the FINAL total lunar eclipse in the early morning hours of November 8th, 2022.
This is a safe event as the full Beaver moon (November's full moon) will pass through the earth's shadow for a maximum of three hours and forty minutes.
There's something about full moons in my opinion. Especially in the fall. The Harvest full moon in September. The Hunter's full moon in October. And, now the Beaver full moon in November. So bright and so beautiful.
Eclipses do not occur each month, due to the slight tilt of the moon’s orbit around earth. Some months the full or new moon is positioned above or below the earth’s shadow cast into space. There are a few times each year when the Sun, Earth, and Moon line up to give us a solar or lunar eclipse. Each can be partially or totally covered.
The reddish or brownish-orange tinge of the lunar surface seen during totality is caused by the solar rays refracting through the earth’s atmosphere, much like we see spectacular red sunsets at night. The next total eclipse which all of North America can witness will be on March 14, 2025.
Eclipse times are as follows in North Dakota:
A partial umbral eclipse begins at 3:09 am. Moon enters the earth’s shadow.
The total lunar eclipse begins at 4:16 am. The moon turns dark orange or red.
Greatest eclipse: 4:59 am. The mid-point of the eclipse.
The total lunar eclipse ends at 5:41 am. The moon begins to leave the shadow.
The partial umbral eclipse ends at 6:49 am. The moon exits the earth’s shadow.
A partial umbral eclipse begins at 2:09 am. Moon enters the earth’s shadow.
The total lunar eclipse begins at 3:16 am. The moon turns dark orange or red.
Greatest eclipse: 3:59 am. The mid-point of the eclipse.
The total lunar eclipse ends at 4:41 am. The moon begins to leave the shadow.
The partial umbral eclipse ends at 5:49 am. Moon exits earth’s shadow.
Unlike a solar eclipse, this is a very safe event as the full Beaver moon moves into the earth's shadow for almost three and a half plus hours. You will not need special glasses and you can use binoculars and other scopes to view this eclipse.
So, make plans to stay up late or set your alarm and, you'll be able to see this special full Beaver moon coming to all of North Dakota.
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