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Total lunar eclipse April 15, 2014: Best places to see this year’s first full lunar eclipse

The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur early morning on April 15, darkening the full moon and possibly tinting it a reddish hue that causes some to call it a “Blood Moon”.

For nearly an hour and a half, the moon will be dimmed and possibly appearing a copper color because of sunlight bent by the atmosphere.

The total eclipse begins around 3 a.m. and ends around 4:30 a.m., with the moon at its dimmest at 3:46 a.m.

The eclipse will be visible across the Americas as well as throughout the Pacific.

It is the first of three eclipses that will be visible here in 2014.

Another full lunar eclipse will occur October 8, and the beginning of a partial solar eclipse can be seen on October 23.


Whether the moon appears in an orange or reddish hue or if it just appears dimmed depends on particles and clouds in the sky, much like sunrises and sunsets.
Where to see the eclipse

Continents seeing at least some parts of the eclipse:

West in Asia

East in North America

Parts of South America

Total eclipse visible in:

Locations near the shadow’s path:

Tarawa, Kiribati

Christchurch, New Zealand

Majuro, Marshall Islands

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur early morning on April 15

The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur early morning on April 15 (photo NASA)

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Anadyr, Russia

Palikir, Ponape, Micronesia

Suva, Fiji

Unalaska, Alaska, US

Honiara, Solomon Islands

Midway, Midway Atoll, US

Port Vila, Vanuatu

Wake Island, Wake Island, US

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Yaren, Nauru

Noumea, New Caledonia, France

Funafuti, Tuvalu

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Partial eclipse visible in:

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Guam (Hagåtña), Guam

Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Manokwari, West Papua, Indonesia

Koror, Palau

Melekeok, Palau

Eucla, Western Australia, Australia

Sendai, Japan

Magadan, Russia

Kawasaki, Japan

Yokohama, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Utsunomiya, Japan

Sagamihara, Japan

Sapporo, Japan

Shizuoka, Japan

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia

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.

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