A full moon is seen framed with a US flag during totality of a total lunar eclipse as the moon … [+] enters Earth’s shadow for a “Super Blood Moon” on May 26, 2021 in Chico, California. – Stargazers across the Pacific Rim will cast their eyes skyward on Wednesday night to witness a rare “Super Blood Moon”, as the heavens align to bring an extra-spectacular lunar eclipse. The first total lunar eclipse in two years will happen at the same time as the Moon is closest to Earth, in what astronomers say will be a once-in-a-decade show. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

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Did you see the partial lunar eclipse? The event—on either November 18 or November 19, 2021, depending on where you are—was a 97.4% partial lunar eclipse.

Close, but no cigar.

For the full “Blood Moon” effect only a total lunar eclipse will do—and there are two coming up soon.

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This current eclipse season will bring one more eclipse—a total solar eclipse—on December 4, 2021. However, that will be visible only to those who make the long journey down to Antarctica.

The next eclipse of any kind to occur in North America will be a total lunar eclipse, one of two that will be visible during 2022.

The earth’s shadow covers the full moon during a partial lunar eclipse as it sets beyond the U.S. … [+] flag on top of a building, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in downtown Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


What is a total lunar eclipse?

A total lunar eclipse occurs when a full Moon passes through Earth’s 870,000 miles/1.4 million km long shadow in space. They can only occur at full Moon.

That happens just occasionally, and it can take anywhere from 105 minutes (like in 2018) to just five minutes (like in 2015). Both in 2022 will last for 84 minutes.

The total lunar eclipse of May 16, 2022.

F. Espenak, NASA’s GSFC

When is the next total lunar eclipse?

Date: May 16, 2022

Duration of totality: 84 minutes

Visibility: North America and South America (Google Map)

Canada, the U.S. and South America get a great view, with Europe and Africa also getting a glimpse of a lunar eclipse at moonset. Here’s a simulation of what it will look like.

The total lunar eclipse of November 8, 2022.

F. Espenak, NASA’s GSFC

The second total lunar eclipse in 2022

Date: November 8, 2022

Duration of totality: 84 minutes

Visibility: Pacific Rim (Google Map)

Best observed from the west coast of North America with Australia and southeast Asia also in a good position, this eclipse is almost identical to the previous total lunar eclipse. Here’s a simulation of what it will look like.

You don’t want to miss these because the following total lunar eclipses aren’t until 2025.

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Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes.