Lunar eclipse 2022: where to see the blood moon from the Middle East

Live streams will show the phenomenon on Tuesday afternoon in the UAE and across the region

The blood moon, similar to this one whose pictures were taken in Peru during a total lunar eclipse in May, will be visible in certain parts of the world on November 8. AFP
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A “blood moon” will be visible across the world on Tuesday, during which the planet satellite will turn a reddish-orange colour.

It will be the second total lunar eclipse in 2022, with the first one having taken place in May.

What time will the lunar eclipse be visible?

The total lunar eclipse — the final one for three years — will take place from 2.16pm to 3.41pm UAE time, lasting nearly an hour and a half as Earth passes directly between the moon and sun.

People in North America will see the blood moon before sunrise while those in Asia, Australia and the rest of the Pacific will witness the phenomenon at sunset.

But those in the Middle East and most of Europe will have to wait until 2025 to view a lunar eclipse with the naked eye — instead having to resort to internet live streams.

How to watch the blood moon online

The YouTube channel timeanddate will stream the event from 1pm UAE time on November 8.

The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and the Italian Virtual Telescope Project will also host streams.

At the peak of the eclipse, the moon will be 390,653 kilometres away, according to Nasa scientists.

Why is it called a blood moon?

The reddish colour is caused from the light of Earth’s sunsets and sunrises. Uranus will also be visible, resembling a bright star slightly above the moon.

Skywatchers in the Middle East can catch the many partial lunar eclipses that will be visible before 2025's total lunar eclipse.

In pictures — May's blood moon as seen from across the world

Updated: November 08, 2022, 11:52 AM
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