When Is The Next Total Lunar Eclipse ‘Blood Moon?’ The Coming Once-In-430 Years ‘Twin’ Totality Will Be The Longest Until 2029
If you’re reading this having just seen the spectacular sight of the “Blood Moon” (or perhaps you didn’t because of cloud) it’s likely that there’s only one question on your mind: when’s the next one?
The next total lunar eclipse is on Monday, November 7 and into Tuesday, November 8, 2022. That’s in just 145 days! It will be best seen from west coast of North America, with Australia and southeast Asia also in a good position.
Like the events of May 15-16 it will also features an 84-minute totality (it’s actually four seconds longer). That’s highly unusual. According to Timeanddate.com, it’s the most balanced pair of lunar eclipses in 430 years.
November’s eclipse will be just as long as what North America just experienced, with lunar totality seeing the full “Frosty” or “Beaver” Moon turn a spectacular reddish color for 84 minutes.
That kind of duration of totality won’t be topped until a 102 minute totality on June 26, 2029.
A total lunar eclipse can be seen from any given location every 2.5 years, on average, and that plays out in the 2020s. The following total lunar eclipse is on March 13-14, 2025.
North America will once again get a good view, though it comes at a time of year when cloud will likely be a big problem.
It will almost be part of a “tetrad,” which is when four consecutive eclipse seasons—which are about six months apart—each contain a total lunar eclipse. However, the final event is a bit of a celestial letdown:
- March 14, 2025: Total lunar eclipse
- September 7, 2025: Total lunar eclipse
- March 3, 2026: Total lunar eclipse
- August 28, 2026: Partial lunar eclipse
However, with 93% of the Moon covered by the Earth’s shadow at the peak even that will be a sight to behold.
What is an ‘eclipse season?’
Every 173 days (six months), for between 31 and 37 days, the Moon is lined-up perfectly to intersect the ecliptic—the apparent path of the Sun through our daytime sky and the plane of Earth’s orbit around the Sun.
The result, of course, is a short season during which two—and occasionally three—solar and lunar eclipses can occur.
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Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes.