Your guide to solar & lunar eclipses.
October 8, 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon)
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.
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.
What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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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.
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||Oct 8 at 08:15:35||Oct 8 at 4:15:35 am||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse began||Oct 8 at 09:14:50||Oct 8 at 5:14:50 am||Yes|
|Full Eclipse began||Oct 8 at 10:25:11||Oct 8 at 6:25:11 am||Yes|
|Maximum Eclipse||Oct 8 at 10:54:38||Oct 8 at 6:54:38 am||Yes|
|Full Eclipse ended||Oct 8 at 11:24:00||Oct 8 at 7:24:00 am||No, below the horizon|
|Partial Eclipse ended||Oct 8 at 12:34:21||Oct 8 at 8:34:21 am||No, below the horizon|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||Oct 8 at 13:33:42||Oct 8 at 9:33:42 am||No, 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.
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: October 23, 2014 — Partial Solar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 2014
- Apr 14–15, 2014 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Apr 29, 2014 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Oct 8, 2014 — Total Lunar Eclipse (this page)
- Oct 23, 2014 – Partial Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2019
- Jan 5 / Jan 6, 2019 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jan 20–21, 2019 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 2, 2019 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Jul 16–17, 2019 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 11–12, 2019 — Mercury Transit
- Dec 26, 2019 – Annular Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2020
- Jan 10–11, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 5–6, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 21, 2020 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Jul 4–5, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 29–30, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 14, 2020 – Total Solar Eclipse