A lunar eclipse will bring a blood-red moon on election day, the last for 3 years

A total lunar eclipse seen in Auckland, New Zealand on May 26.Phil Walter / Getty Images

  • A lunar eclipse casts the light of all Earth’s sunrises and sunsets onto the moon on Tuesday morning.

  • This paints the full moon red, raising a blood moon in the skies on the morning of election day.

  • The next total lunar eclipse won’t happen until 2025.

A blood-red full moon will rise in the sky on the morning of election day, November 8, in the United States.

As voters vote in the general election, the shadow of the Earth will cast a red glow on the full moon. It’s a total lunar eclipse, often called a “blood moon,” and there won’t be another one until 2025.

voter at the polling station

A voter votes in a polling station during early voting in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City on October 29, 2022.Jeenah Moon / Reuters

The red color comes from the light of all the sunrises and sunsets that occur throughout the planet. This is because the shadow of the Earth comes with a ring: the atmosphere, right along the day-night division. The sunlight passes through that atmosphere, which bends it towards the moon. The red portion of the light spectrum is what passes over to the other side.

“It is as if all the sunrises and sunsets in the world are projected onto the moon,” wrote NASA in a blog post explaining the phenomenon.

the graph shows how the earth's atmosphere scatters different colors of light

The blue light from the sun disperses and the longer wavelength red, orange and yellow light passes through, making our moon red.NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center / Scientific Visualization Studio

“The more dust or clouds in Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the moon will appear,” NASA said.

The blood moon will be visible in the early morning hours across North and Central America, according to NASA. People in Asia and Australia can witness the lunar bloodbath in the early evening.

The total eclipse, the blood-red moon, begins at 5:16 am ET and lasts until moonset at 6:41 am ET.

gif shows the shadow of the total lunar eclipse falling on the moon and then turning red

The appearance of the moon during the total lunar eclipse in May 2022.NASA / Ernie Wright Scientific Visualization Studio

“The parts of the moon out of the shadows [shadow] during the partial phases they are almost as bright as a normal full moon, making the obstructed parts appear almost black. But during wholeness, our eyes adjust and reveal a range of shades painted on the moon from all of Earth’s sunrises and sunsets, ”NASA wrote.

After that show, you have the day to vote. Then wait until March 14, 2025, for the next total lunar eclipse.

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