Animated image of a lunar eclipse


Tuesday, November 8, totality begins at 2:16 a.m. PST (5:16 a.m. EST)


See overview for notes on visibility

Target Audience:

General audience


Watch one of the sky’s most dazzling shows on Tuesday, Nov. 8, when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align creating a total lunar eclipse. Weather permitting, the lunar eclipse will be visible in North and South America, as well as Asia and Australia. Remember, unlike a solar eclipse, you do NOT need special glasses to view a lunar eclipse.


  • 12:02 a.m. PST (3:02 a.m. EST) - The edge of the Moon will begin entering the penumbra. You'll likely only notice dim shading (if anything at all).
  • 1:09 a.m. PST (4:09 a.m. EST) - The edge of the Moon will begin entering the umbra and significant darkening will be noticeable.
  • 2:16 a.m. PST (5:16 a.m. EST) - The Moon will be completely inside the umbra, marking the beginning of the total lunar eclipse, also known as totality.
  • 2:59 a.m. PST (5:59 a.m. EST) – The Moon will be halfway through its path across the umbra, marking the moment of greatest eclipse, when the moon turns reddish-orange.
  • 3:41 a.m. PST (6:41 a.m. EST) - The edge of the Moon will begin exiting the umbra and moving into the opposite side of the penumbra. At this point, the Moon will have just set in the most northeastern portions of the continental United States. More and more eastern states will see the Moon set over the next hour as the eclipse progresses.
  • 4:49 a.m. PST - The Moon will be completely outside of the umbra and no longer visible in the eastern United States. Those in the central United States will see the Moon begin setting around this time (6:49 a.m. CST). The Moon will continue exiting the penumbra until the eclipse officially ends at 5:56 a.m. PST, remaining visible only to viewers in the western United States, including many in the Mountain Time Zone one hour ahead.

Visibility not so great? Check out the live simulation below:

This interactive shows a real-time simulated view of the Moon from space. Use your mouse and the controls at the bottom of the screen to move around and explore more of the Moon and the solar system.

Visit the Teachable Moments article at the link below to learn more about each phase of the eclipse, what to expect, what causes eclipses, and the role they play in space exploration.

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Events are based on visibility in the Northern Hemisphere. Dates and clock times are for the Eastern time zone unless otherwise noted.