November 2022 Full Moon Is A Beaver Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse On Election Day

Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida —  There will be a full “Blood Moon” lunar eclipse on the morning of Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, which will be visible from all parts of the United States.

The next total lunar eclipse visible across the U.S. does not occur until 2025.

This is the first Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse to have ever occurred on Election Day, according to

What Time Is The November 2022 Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse?

The total lunar eclipse, when the moon is expected to turn into a dark-copper red Blood Moon, will start at 5:17 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and ends at 7:14 a.m. EDT. The Greatest Eclipse occurs at 5:59 a.m.

Why Is The November 2022 Lunar Eclipse Called A Blood Moon?

Total lunar eclipses are referred to as “Blood Moons” because they often appear dark red in color. The reddish appearance of the Moon is caused by the Earth’s atmosphere filtering out blue light from the sunlight that reaches the Moon.

November 2022 Lunar Eclipse Viewing Map

November 2022 Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Viewing Map. Credit: NASA
November 2022 Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Viewing Map. Credit: NASA

As the above NASA map shows, the eclipse will be visible from all parts of the United States, Canada, and Central America.

People in the eastern and northeastern portions of Asia and northwestern portions of South America will also be able to view the lunar eclipse.

Seeing the Impossible: Selenelion Eclipse Blood Moon Moonset and Sunrise

For lucky U.S. sky watchers on the easternmost portions of North America’s east coast, including the east coast of Florida, this lunar eclipse will offer a rare view of a copper red moonset while the sun rises called a selenelion, selenehelion, or horizontal eclipse.

How can a viewer see a lunar eclipse and the sun at the same time if the moon is in the Earth’s shadow?

This rare optical illusion is caused by the refraction of light in the Earth’s atmosphere, which will also make both the sun and the November 2022 lunar eclipse appear larger.

Why is a Full Moon in November called a Beaver Moon?

Moon names are often associated with seasonal occurrences.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, November’s full Moon was called the Beaver Moon by some Native American tribes and colonial Americans because this was the time of year when beavers begin to take shelter in their lodges and time to set traps for the valuable fur trade.

The November full Moon has also been called the Frost Moon and the Freezing Moon.