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What to know about the ‘Beaver blood moon’ on Nov. 8, the world's last lunar eclipse until 2025

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Nov 08, 2022 2:41 pm

The fourth and final lunar eclipse of the year is set to happen this Tuesday, Nov. 8—and the Philippines is one of the countries getting a special view of the spectacle.

The sun and moon are set to align and produce a total lunar eclipse titled the "Beaver Blood Moon", the last forecasted lunar eclipse the world will see in three years until 2025.

Why is it called the "Beaver Blood Moon?"

It's best to remember that we experience two types of eclipses: solar and lunar. Solar eclipses are when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, leaving a dark ball with a ring of fire-looking phenomenon in the sky.

On the other hand, lunar eclipses are when the Earth comes between the moon and the sun, which usually leaves a dark reddish shadow on the moon from sunlight being filtered and refracted by our atmosphere. That's where the term "blood moon" comes from.

As for the beaver reference, it's because astronomers usually give a nickname to each year's full moon. This eclipse's November full 'Beaver Moon' coincides with the time of the year wherein beavers take shelter for the winter.

What time is it happening?

The eclipse will be visible to other countries in Asia, Australia, North America, parts of Northern and Eastern Europe, and most of South America. Out of the four lunar eclipse that happened this year, this will be the first that can be seen from the Philippines, which is fitting since it will be the last one in three years.

According to PAGASA, the moonrise will begin in the Philippines at 05:19 p.m, and the eclipse itself will only be visible at 06:16 p.m. Its peak stage is set at 06:59 p.m and will remain in its totality until 07:42 p.m.

It will then go into a partial eclipse until 08:49 p.m and officially come to an end at 09:58 p.m.

Here's a rundown of state meteorologists's forecasted Beaver Blood Moon Philippine occurence:

  • Penumbral eclipse begins — 4:00 p.m. (not visible)
  • Partial eclipse begins — 5:08 p.m. (not visible)
  • Moonrise in Manila — 5:19 p.m. (begins visibility)
  • Moon enters totality — 6:16 p.m.
  • Maximum eclipse — 6:59 p.m. (peak stage)
  • Moon exits totality — 7:42 p.m.
  • Partial eclipse ends — 8:49 p.m. (end of peak stage)
  • Penumbral eclipse ends — 9:57 p.m.

How can I watch it?

To catch the astronomical phenomenon, you simply need to go out, look up, and enjoy.

Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar one is safe to view with the naked eye, as it only reflects sunlight. The upcoming eclipse will last about four hours but the time when the moon is completely in the earth's shadow will last about 43 minutes.

For the best view, the National History museum suggests finding a place free of obstructions like tall buildings and trees. Somewhere like an open field or a park would do.

It's best to remember that the full view of the lunar eclipse will still depend on your location's weather and sky conditions.

If you're unable to witness the view from where you are, the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory will live stream the event through their Facebook page and YouTube channel.