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Apr 4, 2015 — Partial Lunar Eclipse

This total lunar eclipse (*) will occur on April 4, 2015. Most of North America, South America, Asia and parts of Australia will be able to see the eclipse.

The eastern coast of the United States will be treated to an early morning eclipse, while locations in South Asia will experience the eclipse in the evening.

The eclipse will last for 3 hours and 29 mins from beginning to end. The Moon will be totally eclipsed (totality) for about 5 minutes.

(*) Total eclipses with a very short period of totality and partial eclipses that come close to reaching totality may be labelled wrongly or inconsistently as total or partial eclipses. We are aware of this problem and are working on a solution.

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2014 – 2015 lunar tetrad

This April 4 eclipse is the third 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.

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.

Is this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Example cities where partial eclipse is visible

The animation shows where this partial 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 9:03 AMApr 4 at 5:03 AMYes
Partial Eclipse beginsApr 4 at 10:17 AMApr 4 at 6:17 AMYes
Maximum EclipseApr 4 at 12:00 NoonApr 4 at 8:00 AMNo, below horizon
Partial Eclipse endsApr 4 at 1:44 PMApr 4 at 9:44 AMNo, below horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endsApr 4 at 2:58 PMApr 4 at 10:58 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


Apr 4, 2015 at 9:03 AM UTC — Partial Lunar Eclipse


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