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How to view the epic 'blood beaver moon' total lunar eclipse in Vancouver

This is the last total lunar eclipse until 2025.
A full blood moon eclipse rising over the Lions Gate bridge in Vancouver Canada

If you don't catch the total lunar eclipse this week, you're not going to have another opportunity to view one for quite a while. 

While Metro Vancouverites were treated to one of the rare lunar displays in May — the full blood flower moon — this week's eclipse will be the last one for a couple of years. 

The next total lunar eclipse will be viewable in North America on March 14, 2025, according to NASA. 

But its rarity isn't the only thing that will make this autumnal viewing event special. 

Not only is this the last total lunar eclipse for the next couple of years, but there is a chance that skies will clear for the display in the Lower Mainland, meaning locals will have better conditions to watch it. 

The full "beaver" moon will be at its fullest in Vancouver on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 3:02 a.m., according to You don't have to stay up until the wee hours of the morning to see it, however. The moon will appear full in the hours leading up to that time on the night of Monday, Nov. 7.

How to view the total lunar eclipse in Vancouver in November 2022

Marley Leacock, an astronomer at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, tells Vancouver Is Awesome that you don't need any special equipment to view the lunar eclipse — but you'll want to dress warmly. 

"For viewing tips, my largest one is to dress appropriately for the weather," she said. 

While the event lasts nearly six hours in total, the moon will only appear red for a portion of that time, Leacock notes. 

The event starts just after 1 a.m. when the Earth's umbra (the dark, inner shadow of the planet) begins to cover the moon. 

"The moon will turn redder as it goes from partially covered by the umbra to being completely covered, or total eclipse. Totality begins at 2:16 a.m., with the maximum occurring at 2:59 a.m," she explains.

The full eclipse ends at 3:41 a.m. when the moon begins to move out of the umbra, with the moon fully out of the umbra by 4:49 a.m. 

"If people want to see the moon while it is red, the time to do that is anytime between 2:16 a.m. [and] 3:41 a.m."

Lunar enthusiasts should keep in mind that November's tempestuous weather conditions could prevent a clear view of the event. Check the forecast before you head out. 

For tips on how to capture the rare lunar display on camera, visit the photography guide from 

Why is the November full moon called a "beaver" moon?

The November full moon earned its namesake because it occurs during the time of year when beavers take shelter for the winter. Additionally, it was the time when fur traders would trap them for their "thick, winter-ready pelts," according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

While it is commonly known as the beaver moon, it was also called the full frost moon by other North American Indigenous tribes.