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April 14–15, 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon)

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

This eclipse was visible in Washington DC - go to local timings and animation

What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like

The curvature of the shadow's path and the apparent rotation of the Moon's disk is due to the Earth's rotation.

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

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

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This eclipse was visible in Washington DC - go to local timings and animation

Eclipse Map and Animation

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 — 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.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*Visible in Washington DC
Penumbral Eclipse beganApr 15 at 04:53:38Apr 15 at 12:53:38 amYes
Partial Eclipse beganApr 15 at 05:58:22Apr 15 at 1:58:22 amYes
Full Eclipse beganApr 15 at 07:06:49Apr 15 at 3:06:49 amYes
Maximum EclipseApr 15 at 07:45:40Apr 15 at 3:45:40 amYes
Full Eclipse endedApr 15 at 08:24:34Apr 15 at 4:24:34 amYes
Partial Eclipse endedApr 15 at 09:33:03Apr 15 at 5:33:03 amYes
Penumbral Eclipse endedApr 15 at 10:37:37Apr 15 at 6:37:37 amMaybe, touching horizon

* The Moon was above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions in Washington DC, the entire eclipse was visible.

Quick Facts About This Eclipse

Magnitude1.290Fraction of the Moon’s diameter covered by Earth’s umbra
Obscuration100.0%Percentage of the Moon's area covered by Earth's umbra
Penumbral magnitude2.318Fraction of the Moon's diameter covered by Earth's penumbra
Overall duration5 hours, 44 minutesPeriod between the beginning and end of all eclipse phases
Duration of totality1 hour, 18 minutesPeriod between the beginning and end of the total phase
Duration of partial phases2 hours, 17 minutesCombined period of both partial phases
Duration of penumbral phases2 hours, 9 minutesCombined period of both penumbral phases

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

How Many People Can See This Eclipse?

Number of People Seeing...Number of People*Fraction of World Population
At least some of the penumbral phase2,300,000,00031.40%
At least some of the partial phase1,180,000,00016.18%
At least some of the total phase972,000,00013.25%
All of the total phase944,000,00012.88%
All of the total and partial phases796,000,00010.86%
The entire eclipse from beginning to end600,000,0008.18%

* The number of people refers to the resident population (as a round number) in areas where the eclipse is visible. timeanddate has calculated these numbers using raw population data provided by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University. The raw data is based on population estimates from the year 2000 to 2020.

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.

All eclipses 1900 — 2199

This is the first eclipse this season.

Second eclipse this season: April 29, 2014 — Annular Solar Eclipse