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April 4, 2015 — Total Lunar Eclipse

This Total Lunar Eclipse or "Blood Moon", is on April 4, 2015 and will be visible in most of North America, South America, Asia and parts of Australia. The Moon will be totally eclipsed (totality) for about 5 minutes. From beginning to end, it will last for 3 hours and 29 mins. This is the third eclipse in the 2014–2015 tetrad.

Is this Total Lunar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What this lunar eclipse looks like

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

Where to see the eclipse

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

Expand for cities where at least part of the total eclipse is visible
Expand for cities where partial eclipse is visible

Is 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.

100% visible (start to end).

More than 75% of the event is visible.

Less than 75% of the event is visible.

Less than 50% of the event is visible.

Eclipse is not visible at all

Note: Percentage values (%) are of the overall eclipse event. Lighter shadings left (West) of center will experience the eclipse after moonrise/sunset. Shadings right (East) will experience until moonset/sunrise. Actual eclipse visibility depends on weather conditions and line of sight to the Moon.

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 Washington DC*Visible in Washington DC
Penumbral Eclipse beginsApr 4 at 9:01 AMApr 4 at 5:01 AMYes
Partial Eclipse beginsApr 4 at 10:15 AMApr 4 at 6:15 AMYes
Full Eclipse beginsApr 4 at 11:57 AMApr 4 at 7:57 AMNo, below horizon
Maximum EclipseApr 4 at 12:00 NoonApr 4 at 8:00 AMNo, below horizon
Full Eclipse endsApr 4 at 12:02 PMApr 4 at 8:02 AMNo, below horizon
Partial Eclipse endsApr 4 at 1:44 PMApr 4 at 9:44 AMNo, below horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endsApr 4 at 2:59 PMApr 4 at 10:59 AMNo, below horizon

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

Countdown until eclipse begins


Total Lunar Eclipse

Apr 4, 2015 at 9:01 AM UTC


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