2022 lunar eclipse alert: everything you need to know for Tues. Nov. 8

Moon Eclipse
Get ready for another eclipse, Birmingham. (Jongsun Lee / Unsplash)

There’s no doubt that Birmingham has beautiful skies—sunsets, sunrises and even starry nights. Now, a lunar eclipse will fill the sky on November 8 according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Here’s how you can catch it.

What you need to know about the 2022 lunar eclipse

Red Moon
Will you be checking out the lunar eclipse on Tuesday? (Melanie Dretvic / Unsplash)

For those who don’t know, a lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon align so that the moon passes into the earth’s shadow. According to NASA, in a total lunar eclipse, the entire moon falls within the darkest part of Earth’s shadow—it’s called the umbra. When the moon is within the umbra, it will turn a reddish hue, hence the name Blood Moon.

Why does the moon turn red? According to NASA, during a lunar eclipse, Earth’s atmosphere scatters sunlight. The blue light from the sun scatters away and longer-wavelength red, orange and yellow light passes through.

When + how to watch it

The 2022 lunar eclipse process will begin around 2:02AM and end at 7:50AM Central Standard Time. Check out the complete timeline here.

You don’t need any special equipment to observe it, but binoculars or a telescope are recommended for a better viewing experience. A dark environment away from bright lights also makes for the best viewing conditions.

Daylight Savings Time ends the Sunday before

Daylight Savings Time ends the Sunday before the eclipse. Make sure you set your clock back an hour so you don’t miss the show—you won’t see another one until March 14, 2025.

Want to learn more about the 2022 lunar eclipse and tips on the best way to watch it? Check out NASA’s website.

Do you plan to catch the 2022 lunar eclipse on November 8th? Share your photos + videos with @TheBamaBuzz on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

Tira Davis
Tira Davis
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