Countdown to 2022’s First “Eclipse Season” and An 84-Minute “Blood Moon Eclipse” For North America

The total lunar eclipse is on its way! The first “eclipse” season of 2022 will start exactly 50 days after today. It will bring about a total lunar eclipse, also known as a “Blood Moon”, with a very long totality.

North America will be able to see the “Blood Moon Eclipse” 2022 from a great location.

This is everything you need about the coming eclipse season.

What is an “eclipse” season?

The Moon aligns perfectly with the ecliptic every 173 days for between 31-37 days. This is the apparent path of Sun through the daytime sky and Earth’s orbit around the Sun. This results in a brief season that can see two- and sometimes three-solar or lunar eclipses.

What are the eclipse seasons for 2022?

In 2022 there are two seasons of eclipses, with each bringing one partial and one complete solar eclipse.

Eclipse season #1

  • April 30, 2022: Partial solar eclipse. The best views will be from parts of Chile, Argentina, and Antarctica.
  • May 16, 2022: Total lunar eclipse (best viewed in eastern North America or South America).

Eclipse season #2

  • October 25, 2022 partial Solar Eclipse (Europe and Middle East will enjoy the best views)
  • November 7/8. 2022: Total lunar eclipse (best viewed in western North America or the Pacific).

What is the date for the next total lunar eclipse of the ‘Blood Moon,’ 2022?

On Sunday, May 15, 2022, a reddish-orange “Blood Moon”, which will last for 84 minutes, will be visible in North America. These are the times for North America.

  • 11:29 p.m. -oo:53 AM EDT Sunday, May 15-16, 2022 (total at 00:11 AM).
  • 10:29-11.53 p.m. CDT Sunday, May 15, 2022 (total at 11:11 pm.)
  • 9:29-10.53 p.m. MDT Sunday May 15, 2022 (total at 10:11 pm.)
  • 8:29-9.53 p.m. PDT Sunday May 15, 2022 (total at 9:11 pm.)

How will the total lunar eclipse of 2022’s ‘Blood Moon’ look?

The Moon’s surface will be moving 100% into Earth’s shadow in space, creating thousands of sunsets. Have you ever seen the orangey, reddish light that reflects off everything just before sunset on Earth? This is what will be projected onto Moon for 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Where can you see the total lunar eclipse of the “Blood Moon” 2022

An interactive map of the total lunar eclipse May 15/16 2022.

It is clear that the eastern half of North America has the best views. However, this applies to the whole 5 hours 19 minute event. During which time you can watch the Moon gradually recede from the Earth’s shadow.

If the skies are clear, you can actually see the “Blood Moon” section of the eclipse from anywhere in North America.

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