Oct 8, 2014 — Total Lunar Eclipse
This total lunar eclipse will occur on October 8, 2014. It will be visible from North America, parts of Australia, China and Japan. Parts of South Asia, and Eastern Europe will see a partial eclipse. The penumbral phase of the eclipse will begin at 8:17 AM (08:17) UTC on October 8, 2014 and the eclipse will end at 1:32 PM (13:32) UTC the same day. The Moon will be totally eclipsed (totality) for about 58 minutes.
This will also be a good time to see the Draconid meteor shower, which is expected to peak on October 8-9, 2014.
2014 – 2015 lunar tetrad
This Oct 8 eclipse is the second in a tetrad, a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014 – 2015.
The term Blood Moon, has recently become popular when referring to the total lunar eclipses in the 2014 – 2015 lunar tetrad. This term has no technical or astronomical basis and it is unclear where the description originated.
Where to see the eclipse
Regions seeing at least some parts of the eclipse: East in Europe, Much of Asia, Australia, Much of North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica.
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.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*||Visible in Washington DC|
|Penumbral Eclipse begins||Oct 8 at 8:17 AM||Oct 8 at 4:17 AM||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse begins||Oct 8 at 9:18 AM||Oct 8 at 5:18 AM||Yes|
|Full Eclipse begins||Oct 8 at 10:27 AM||Oct 8 at 6:27 AM||Yes|
|Maximum Eclipse||Oct 8 at 10:55 AM||Oct 8 at 6:55 AM||Yes|
|Full Eclipse ends||Oct 8 at 11:22 AM||Oct 8 at 7:22 AM||No, below horizon|
|Partial Eclipse ends||Oct 8 at 12:32 PM||Oct 8 at 8:32 AM||No, below horizon|
|Penumbral Eclipse ends||Oct 8 at 1:32 PM||Oct 8 at 9:32 AM||No, below horizon|
* The Moon is below the horizon in Washington DC some of the time, so that part of the eclipse is not visible.
Eclipses visible from your city
Eclipses during year 2014
- Apr 15, 2014 – Total Lunar Eclipse
- Apr 29, 2014 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Oct 8, 2014 – Total Lunar Eclipse (this page)
- Oct 23, 2014 – Partial Solar Eclipse
Eclipses during year 2015
- Mar 20, 2015 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Apr 4, 2015 – Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Sep 13, 2015 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Sep 28, 2015 – Total Lunar Eclipse