Total Lunar Eclipse

Updated: Nov 3

There's total lunar eclipse occurring on the night of 7 November through to the morning of 8 November (depending on where you live) and it will be visible in North America, South America, Australia and much of Asia.

Full moon viewed through a break in the clouds

Unlike a solar eclipse, there is no danger associated with viewing a total lunar eclipse and so the event can be safely seen with the naked eye.

There's no need to use binoculars or a telescope to observe the lunar eclipse, but it won't cause any harm to do so, and may even enhance your observing experience.

The bad news for those in the UK, Ireland and Europe, however, is that the 8 November total lunar eclipse will not be visible from there. Some of the eclipse will be visible from northern Scandinavia and parts of eastern Europe.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and the Moon line up, with Earth in the middle. During a lunar eclipse, the full Moon moves into Earth's shadow and its surface appears slightly dimmer as a result.

However, sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere makes the Moon remain visible.

The result is a Moon that often appears red or dark grey to the eye.

Lunar totality typically takes over an hour to complete, making it a much slower affair than a solar eclipse.