The Nov. 8 total lunar eclipse is the last one you’ll see for three years.

Tuesday in the US will mark Election Day under a “blood moon.”

It’s difficult to say at this stage whether a total lunar eclipse known as a “blood moon” will be visible early on Tuesday morning in the United States or if it will be a sign of providence for the election. In any case, this is your final opportunity to view this celestial display before 2025.

A partial solar eclipse was visible last month for skywatchers in portions of Europe and Asia, but it was only the beginning of the “eclipse season,” which will end with the eclipse that will be viewable from North America on November 8.

As you are probably aware, the four seasons are caused by the tilt of the Earth’s axis and the orientation of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres with respect to the sun. The location of the moon’s alignment with Earth and the sun, however, affects eclipse seasons.

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Our large natural satellite travels across the ecliptic, or the route the sun follows through our daytime sky, every 173 days for just over a month.

According to NASA’s solar system blog, “the moon doesn’t revolve in the exact same plane as the sun and Earth do.” The two times a year that they line up is referred to as eclipse season.

The likelihood that the moon will pass between our planet and the neighbouring star for a solar eclipse or that the Earth will block out the moon for a lunar eclipse increases during an eclipse season when the moon is essentially buzzing around between us and the sun. Usually two to three eclipses occur in less than a 37-day period during eclipse seasons.

An eclipse season earlier this year resulted in a partial solar eclipse on April 30 in the Southern Hemisphere and a total lunar eclipse on May 16 that was visible in parts of the Americas. This time, the partial solar eclipse on Tuesday will be followed by a red moon full lunar eclipse in the early hours of November 8 that can be observed to some extent from eastern Asia and all of North America.

Additionally, this year’s eclipse season ends at the same time as the campaign season in the United States, which must undoubtedly be a relief for many of us.

Tuesday at 2:16 AM PT, a total lunar eclipse will start and endure for 85 minutes.

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Although binoculars or a telescope can improve the experience, it’s safe to see with the naked eye because this type of eclipse doesn’t require looking directly at the sun. To endure the early morning chill, you’ll primarily need clear skies and warm clothing.

Because the sun, Earth, and moon are all aligned during an eclipse, a large portion of the light travelling around our globe to illuminate the moon must necessarily pass through our atmosphere, which results in the scattering that gives the moon its reddish tint. Thus, the bleeding moon.

Please share any fantastic pictures you may have of this celestial occurrence with me on Twitter at @EricCMack.

The next eclipse season begins in April 2023, but we won’t have another season with a total lunar eclipse until March 2025, so if you can’t go outside to witness this one, you’ll have to wait until then.

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