During the nighttime hours of April 14 or 15 (depending on your time zone), the full moon will pass through Earth’s dark or inner shadow (umbra) creating a total lunar eclipse for most of North and South America. The period of total eclipse lasts for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Before the moon enters the Earth’s umbra it first enters the penumbra or outer shadow. The total time for the moon to travel through the penumbra, umbra then back through the penumbra is about 3 and 1/2 hours.
During the total eclipse the moon appears bright orange to blood red. For more on check out Visual Appearance of Lunar Eclipses.
The map above shows the geographic regions of visibility for each phase of the eclipse. The entire eclipse is visible from start to finish in the white (unshaded) portion of the map, while none of the eclipse can be seen from the dark gray areas.
The partial eclipse begins with first umbral contact at 05:58 GMT. Totality is at 07:07 GMT and lasts until 08:25 GMT. The partial phases end at 09:33 GMT. Eclipse times for time zones in the United States and Canada are shown in the following table. Most areas of the United States currently observe Daylight Saving Time (DST). Two exceptions are Arizona (although the Navajo Nation does observe Daylight Saving Time) and Hawaii. For observers in Arizona, use the times listed under Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
|Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014 (* Event occurs on evening of April 14, 2014)|
|Partial Eclipse Begins:||05:58 am||02:58 am||01:58 am||12:58 am||11:58 pm*||10:58 pm*||09:58 pm*||07:58 pm*|
|Total Eclipse Begins:||07:07 am||04:07 am||03:07 am||02:07 am||01:07 am||12:07 am||11:07 pm*||09:07 pm*|
|Greatest Eclipse:||07:46 am||04:46 am||03:46 am||02:46 am||01:46 am||12:46 am||11:46 pm*||09:46 pm*|
|Total Eclipse Ends:||08:25 am||05:25 am||04:25 am||03:25 am||02:25 am||01:25 am||12:25 am||10:25 pm*|
|Partial Eclipse Ends:||09:33 am||06:33 am||05:33 am||04:33 am||03:33 am||02:33 am||01:33 am||11:33 pm*|
Diagrams for different time zones
For more general information about eclipses of all kinds (solar, lunar, etc.) check out the pages from Mr. Eclipse, Fred Espenak, at NASA Goddard as well as his personal eclipse page www.mreclipse.com. For more information on the how, what, why, when and where of lunar eclipses, see the special web page Lunar Eclipses for Beginners. (Note: All the information here is from Fred Espenak.)