Full Moon: How to prepare for the Upcoming Total Lunar Eclipse

The Next full moon after this month’s October 9th full moon On November 8, there will be a Hunter’s Moon. A total lunar eclipse will also occur that day as an added treat. This dark drama will occur early on Tuesday, November 8 for viewers in the Americas. About an hour before dawn, the moon will cross over into Earth’s deep umbral shadow along the Atlantic Coast. First contact with the umbra occurs along the Pacific Coast just over an hour after midnight, when the moon has just passed its apogee.

Making plans to observe the total lunar eclipse that will take place next month is still not too early. The moon’s position in the sky during the eclipse is one item to take into account. Since the eclipse will first be descending from a location roughly one-quarter up in the western sky, this will be a significant influence for people who live along the East Coast of the United States and Canada.

On Tuesday, October 11, in the morning, keep an eye out for the moon to have a good estimate of where it will be in the sky during the eclipse.

The moon, which is 1.5 days past full, will be in the same area of the sky on that day (within a few degrees) as it will be on the morning of November 8th for the eclipse. If you check the hours shown in the table below on the morning of October 11, the moon will approximately.


On November 8, the total phase of the eclipse will start at 5:16 a.m. for a viewer in New York. The moon will be 9 degrees north of due west and 13 degrees above the horizon at that time. (About 10 degrees is the size of your clinched fist held at arm’s length.) Look at the table above now. Keep in mind that the starting time for the total phase is 7:30 am on October 11. Stepping outside at that time will allow you to roughly predict where the moon will be for New Yorkers on November 8 when totality starts.

Although it will be daytime on October 11th, the moon should still be easily visible against the blue sky. On Nov. 8, though, the sky will be significantly darker because dawn broke roughly a quarter hour earlier.

If you want to know where the moon will be in relation to your local horizon (and landmarks in your area) when it sets on eclipse morning, use this method. It will be especially useful for those living close to and along the East Coast.