Take a late-night break from doing your taxes!
View an eclipse of the Moon on April 15!
Early Morning Lunar Eclipse Visible in the US
April 15, 2014: 3 am Eastern, 2 am Central, 1 am Mountain, 12 am Pacific
On April 15, the full Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow, producing a total lunar eclipse visible across North America. Lunar eclipses are perfectly safe to view, and an exciting family event.
The total lunar eclipse begins at 2 am Eastern time when the edge of the Moon first enters the darkest part of Earth’s shadow. The Moon will be completely within the shadow for 78 minutes beginning around 3 o’clock in the morning on the east coast, midnight on the west coast.
Throw a late-night eclipse-viewing celebration in your community! The resources below will help you learn more about lunar eclipses and observing the Moon.
- NASA Science News: A Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses
Information about lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015.
- NASA Eclipse Website
Maps and dates for solar and lunar eclipses, including where they will be visible.
- Solar System Exploration: What’s Up for April
This video podcast describes celestial events this April, including the lunar eclipse.
- CLSE Article on a Lunar Eclipse from an Astronaut’s Perspective
What would an astronaut on the lunar surface experience during a lunar eclipse? This article discusses changes on the lunar surface observable by an astronaut on the ground.
- NASA LRO: Understanding Lunar Eclipses
This 2 minute video by NASA Goddard describes the April 15 lunar eclipse and its cause.
- NASA Goddard Multimedia: Lunar Eclipse Essentials
This site has SVS videos and animations of lunar eclipses, lunar phases, the light scattering during a lunar eclipse, and more.
- NASA Need to Know: Lunar Eclipse and LRO
Noah Petro, LRO Deputy Project Scientist, discusses the April 15 eclipse and what effect it will have on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).
- MyMoon: World Tales of the Moon
Stories about the Moon from around the world, recorded and available for you to hear online.
- Golf Ball Phases and Eclipses
Students explore the dynamics of lunar phases to develop an understanding of the relative positions of our Moon, Earth, and Sun that cause the phases of the Moon as viewed from Earth. Using a golf ball glowing under the ultraviolet light of a "blacklight" makes it easier to see the actual phase of the Moon; an embroidery hoop can help model orbits to demonstrate eclipses.
- Night Sky Network: Why Do Eclipses Happen?
Using simple materials, participants create 3D models of the Earth, Moon and Sun and demonstrate solar and lunar eclipses.
- Loony Lunar Phases
The children hear a story, song, or poem that celebrates the Moon's different phases. They recreate the shapes of the lunar phases using the frosting from Oreo® cookies, and then they place them in correct order to reveal the repeating pattern.
- Lunar Phases: A Dance Under the Sun
Children perform the lunar phases outdoors, using a Styrofoam ball, sunlight, and the motions of their bodies to model the Moon's phases. Older children predict future Moon phases.
Consider a visit to your local library for books about the Moon and lunar eclipses. Suggested titles are available at Explore! Marvel Moon.
Want More of the Moon?
Join people around the world on
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)!
InOMN is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon; check out this site for materials and resources for events on Sept. 06, 2014.