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October 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.

Taking pictures of the Moon

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.

Was this Total Lunar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse: East in Europe, Much of Asia, Australia, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica.

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

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

Shades of darkness

Night, moon high up in sky.

Moon between 12 and 18 degrees above horizon.

Moon between 6 and 12 degrees above horizon. Make sure you have free line of sight.

Moon between 0 and 6 degrees above horizon. May be hard to see due to brightness and line of sight.

Day, moon and eclipse both not visible.

Note: Twilight will affect the visibility of the eclipse, as well as weather.

Entire eclipse was visible from start to end

Entire partial and total phases were visible. Missed part of penumbral phase.

Entire total phase was visible. Missed part of partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the total phase was visible. Missed part of total, partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the partial phase was visible. Missed total phase and part of partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the penumbral phase was visible. Missed total & partial phases.

Eclipse was not visible at all.

Note: Areas with lighter shadings left (West) of the center will experience the eclipse after moonrise/sunset. Areas with lighter shadings right (East) of the center will experience the eclipse until moonset/sunrise. Actual eclipse visibility depends on weather conditions and line of sight to the Moon.

When the Eclipse Happened Worldwide

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

The times displayed are accurate to around 2-3 seconds.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*Visible in Washington DC
Penumbral eclipse beganOct 8 at 08:15:35Oct 8 at 4:15:35 AMYes
Partial eclipse beganOct 8 at 09:14:50Oct 8 at 5:14:50 AMYes
Full eclipse beganOct 8 at 10:25:11Oct 8 at 6:25:11 AMYes
Maximum eclipseOct 8 at 10:54:38Oct 8 at 6:54:38 AMYes
Full eclipse endedOct 8 at 11:24:00Oct 8 at 7:24:00 AMNo, below the horizon
Partial eclipse endedOct 8 at 12:34:21Oct 8 at 8:34:21 AMNo, below the horizon
Penumbral eclipse endedOct 8 at 13:33:42Oct 8 at 9:33:42 AMNo, below the horizon

* The Moon was below the horizon in Washington DC some of the time, so that part of the eclipse was not visible.

The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.166.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.146

The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 18 minutes.

The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 21 minutes.

The duration of the full eclipse is 59 minutes.


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