Final ‘Blood Moon Eclipse’ toolkit: how and when to watch, stream, and photograph a total lunar eclipse this weekend


A total lunar eclipse known as the “Blood Moon” will occur over North America in jaw-dropping 84 minutes from Sunday, May 15, 2022 to Monday, 16 June 2022.

All you need is a clear sky and wide eyes.

Here’s the exact time to watch this week’s “Super Flower Blood Moon Eclipse” in every state in the US, where to stream it online, how to take a photo, and other things you need to know.

‘Blood Moon’ when watching a total lunar eclipse

Although various live streams start at different times, the eclipse is a global event. Below is the North American celestial sphere schedule from Sunday, May 15, 2022 to Monday, May 16, 2022.

Go outside between these hours and visually check the full moon changing its strange-looking red color.

  • Sunday 15 May 2022 to Monday 16 May 2022 11:29 pm-oo:53 am EDT (up to 00:11 am full time)
  • Sunday, May 15, 2022 10:29-11:53 PM CDT (max total 11:11 PM)
  • Sunday, May 15, 2022 9:29-10:53 PM MDT (max total 10:11 PM)
  • Sunday, May 15, 2022 8:29-9:53 PM PDT (maximum full time 9:11 PM)

A place to live ‘Blood Moon’ total lunar eclipse

There are too many fake live streams on YouTube showing old eclipses or less relevant old junk.

Avoid them all and go to these two trusted live streams from Timeanddate.com and the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. You will learn a lot by seeing the real thing.

How to photograph a ‘blood moon’ total lunar eclipse

Here are some great tutorials on how to photograph a total lunar eclipse using a smartphone and a “proper” camera. Here, Here And Here—But the basics are:

How to take a close-up of ‘Blood Moon’

  • Use a mirrorless or DSR camera with a 500-600mm telephoto lens (300mm is pretty much possible).
  • Focus on infinity.
  • Start at ISO 100, f/8 aperture and 1/125-1/250 second shutter speed, but try ISO 800 and f4-f8 when the whole starts and the moon is blushing. Also experiment with shutter speed, but don’t go slower than 1/2 second.

How to film ‘Blood Moon’ with a smartphone

  • Get something interesting like trees, buildings, or mountains in the foreground (but avoid bright lights).
  • Place your smartphone on a tripod as long exposures are required.
  • Tap the moon on the screen to lock the exposure, then take the picture. It takes a few seconds, or about 25 seconds if you’re in a dark place (the darker the better!).
  • If you can do that on your phone/if you have a 3rd party app, try a manual setup.

How to observe a ‘blood moon’ total lunar eclipse

A pair of binoculars (or a small telescope) will help you get great close-ups, but all you need is your naked eye and a clear sky.

There are various phases of a solar eclipse to observe, especially the partial phase when the moon begins to turn red. But with such a long total duration all you have to do is be outside at any time within that total time of 84 minutes.

Disclaimer: I am the editor of . WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com

Hope you have clear skies and wide eyes.

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