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Apr 15, 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse

A total lunar eclipse will occur on April 15, 2014. It will be visible from North America, South America and Australia. Parts of Asia, Africa and Europe will see a partial eclipse.

The penumbral phase of the eclipse will begin at 4:55 AM (04:55) UTC on April 15 and the eclipse will end at 10:36 AM (10:36) UTC on April 15.

This eclipse is the first in a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, also known as a tetrad. Read more

The term, Blood Moon, has recently become popular while referring to the April 15 total lunar eclipse. This term has no technical or astronomical basis and it is unclear where such a description comes from. Read more

What this lunar eclipse looks like

The animation shows approximately what the eclipse looks like from the night side of earth.

This is an approximate representation. The eclipse and moon will look slightly different in real life.

This is a total lunar eclipse.

Is this eclipse viewable in New York?

This animation requires Flash to be installed. We hope to offer it without needing Flash soon.

Click the 'play' button to view the animation. The pause button can also be used to temporarily suspend the animation.

The animation shows where this total lunar eclipse is visible during the night (dark “wave” slowly moving across the Earth's surface).

The night (dark) areas in the animation are approximately those that can see the moon, and therefore also the eclipse.


Intense red shading: Observers within this area can see the eclipse from beginning to end.

Red shading right/east of intense shading: Observers within this area can see the eclipse after moonrise/sunset.

Red shading left/west of intense shading: Observers within this area can see the eclipse until moonset/sunrise.

No coloring: Eclipse is not visible at all

Note: Actual eclipse visibility depends on weather conditions

Where to see the eclipse

Continents seeing at least some parts of the eclipse:

Total eclipse visible in:

Locations being able to see at least parts of the Total part.

Partial eclipse visible in:

When the eclipse happens worldwide

Lunar eclipses look approximately the same all over the world and happen at the same time.

The times displayed might be a minute or two off actual times.

EventUTC TimeTime in New York*Visible in New York
Penumbral Eclipse beginsApr 15 at 4:55 AMApr 15 at 12:55 AMYes
Partial Eclipse beginsApr 15 at 5:59 AMApr 15 at 1:59 AMYes
Full Eclipse beginsApr 15 at 7:08 AMApr 15 at 3:08 AMYes
Maximum EclipseApr 15 at 7:46 AMApr 15 at 3:46 AMYes
Full Eclipse endsApr 15 at 8:23 AMApr 15 at 4:23 AMYes
Partial Eclipse endsApr 15 at 9:32 AMApr 15 at 5:32 AMYes
Penumbral Eclipse endsApr 15 at 10:36 AMApr 15 at 6:36 AMNo, below horizon

* The Moon is below the horizon in New York some of the time, so that part of the eclipse is not visible.

Eclipses during year 2014