The Election Day “Blood Moon” lunar eclipse will be chilling in the sky on Election Day, November 8 general election. According to NASA, the election day blood moon lunar eclipse is the last total lunar eclipse we will see for the next three years.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth, and moon align, causing the moon to be in the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow, known as the umbra. The reddish hue is where the name “blood moon” comes from.
“The more dust or clouds in Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the Moon will appear,” NASA says. “It’s as if all the world’s sunrises and sunsets are projected onto the Moon.”
“You don’t need any special equipment to observe a lunar eclipse, although binoculars or a telescope will enhance the view and the red ‚color. A dark environment away from bright lights makes for the best viewing conditions,” according to NASA.
After November 9, the next full moon eclipse will occur on March 14, 2025.