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
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse: West in Europe, South/East Asia, Much of Australia, Much of Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.
Eclipse Map and Animation
When the Eclipse Happened Worldwide — Timeline
Lunar eclipses can be visible from everywhere on the night side of the Earth, if the sky is clear. From some places the entire eclipse will be visible, while in other areas the Moon will rise or set during the eclipse.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*||Visible in Washington DC|
|Penumbral Eclipse began||Apr 15 at 04:53:39||Apr 15 at 12:53:39 am||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse began||Apr 15 at 05:58:21||Apr 15 at 1:58:21 am||Yes|
|Full Eclipse began||Apr 15 at 07:06:48||Apr 15 at 3:06:48 am||Yes|
|Maximum Eclipse||Apr 15 at 07:45:40||Apr 15 at 3:45:40 am||Yes|
|Full Eclipse ended||Apr 15 at 08:24:35||Apr 15 at 4:24:35 am||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse ended||Apr 15 at 09:33:04||Apr 15 at 5:33:04 am||Yes|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||Apr 15 at 10:37:36||Apr 15 at 6:37:36 am||Maybe, touching horizon|
* The Moon was above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions in Washington DC, the entire eclipse was visible.
The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.291.
The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.318.
The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 44 minutes.
The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 17 minutes.
The duration of the full eclipse is 1 hour, 18 minutes.
An Eclipse Never Comes Alone!
A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.
Usually, there are two eclipses in a row, but other times, there are three during the same eclipse season.
This is the first eclipse this season.
Second eclipse this season: April 29, 2014 — Annular Solar Eclipse