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Lunar eclipse 2022 guide: When, where & how to see them

Phases of a lunar eclipse showing the moon turn progressively red.
During a total lunar eclipse, the moon appears to turn red while passing through Earth's shadow. This year features two spectacular total lunar eclipses. (Image credit: Anantha Jois via Getty Images)

The first total lunar eclipse of 2022 occurred on May 15-16 and was visible in total phase from portions of the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the East Pacific. The second lunar eclipse will occur on November 8 and will be visible in parts of Asia, Australia, North America, parts of northern and eastern Europe, and most of South America. 

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Total lunar eclipses occur when the whole moon passes through the innermost part of Earth's shadow — the umbra. During a total eclipse, the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the lunar surface. Instead, sunlight scattered by Earth's atmosphere is reflected off the moon's surface, giving it its copper hue. This type of lunar eclipse is known as a "blood moon" due to its striking red appearance. 

Eclipse scientist Fred Espenak has listed May 15th's full moon (opens in new tab) as a so-called supermoon, in which the full moon is at perigee (its closest to Earth of the month), making it a Super Blood Moon eclipse. 

Related: How to photograph a lunar eclipse 

You can see a complete list of the upcoming lunar eclipses on NASA's Lunar Eclipse website (opens in new tab), which provides information about lunar eclipses, including detailed maps of each eclipse path.  

Total lunar eclipse May 15-16

The first lunar eclipse of 2022 occurred overnight on May 15-16. Here, the full Flower Moon experienced a total lunar eclipse as the moon moved into the shadow of the Earth. The total eclipse was visible from portions of the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the East Pacific. A penumbral eclipse (where the edge of Earth's shadow falls over the moon) was visible in New Zealand, eastern Europe and the Middle East.

This infographic shows the stages of the May 15-16, 2022 total lunar eclipse in Universal Time, or GMT.   (Image credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio)
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According to TimeandDate.com, the partial eclipse phase of the moon eclipse began on May 15 at 10:28 p.m. EDT (0228 GMT on May 16). It got to the red-hued Blood Moon peak on May 16 at 12:11 a.m. EDT (0411 GMT). Then ended at 1:55 a.m. EDT (0555 GMT). 

Did you know?

A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.  

Related: Super Flower Blood Moon of 2022, longest total lunar eclipse in 33 years, wows stargazers 

Total lunar eclipse Nov 7-8

The second lunar eclipse of 2022 will occur on Nov. 8, 2022. 

While timing depends on where you are gazing at the sky, TimeandDate.com says (opens in new tab) the partial eclipse phase of the moon eclipse begins Nov. 8 at 05:09 a.m. EDT (0909 GMT). It will get to the red-hued Blood Moon peak on Nov. 8 at 06:19 a.m. EDT (1016 GMT). Then the event ends at 07:41 a.m. EDT (1141 GMT). Note the penumbral eclipse will begin about an hour earlier and end about an hour after the partial eclipse.

A lunar eclipse over the European Southern Observatory's Headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany, on June 15, 2011. (Image credit: ESO/H.H. Heyer)
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According to TimeandDate.com, the regions that will experience at least some parts of the lunar eclipse are North/East Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, Most of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic and Antarctica. 

To find out if the Nov. 8 total lunar eclipse is visible from your location check out this interactive map from TimeandDate.com (opens in new tab).

If you're clouded out or unable to see the event in person, we will show you how to watch the event online via webcasts. Details on how to watch the November lunar eclipse will be released closer to the time.  

Editor's note: If you capture an amazing photo of a lunar eclipse and would like to share it with Space.com for a story or gallery, send images and comments to managing editor Tariq Malik at spacephotos@space.com (opens in new tab).

Additional resources

Want more information on the lunar eclipses of 2022? NASA's total lunar eclipse of May 16 guide (opens in new tab) and the Nov 8 guide (opens in new tab) has further details on eclipse durations and viewing opportunities.  

Bibliography

Espenak, F. Full Moon at Perigee (Full Supermoon): 2001 to 2100. Astro Pixels (opens in new tab). Retrieved May 9, 2022.

NASA. Lunar Eclipse Page. NASA. Retrieved May 9 (opens in new tab), 2022.

May 15–16, 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse (blood moon). Time and Date (opens in new tab). Retrieved May 9, 2022. 

November 7–8, 2022 total Lunar Eclipse (blood moon). Time and Date (opens in new tab). Retrieved May 9, 2022. 

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Daisy Dobrijevic joined Space.com in February 2022 as a reference writer having previously worked for our sister publication All About Space magazine as a staff writer. Before joining us, Daisy completed an editorial internship with the BBC Sky at Night Magazine and worked at the National Space Centre in Leicester, U.K., where she enjoyed communicating space science to the public. In 2021, Daisy completed a PhD in plant physiology and also holds a Master's in Environmental Science, she is currently based in Nottingham, U.K.

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