Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15: Complete Coverage of the Blood Moon

Photographer Fernando Rodriguez of the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association captured this amazing view of the total lunar eclipse of April 15, 2014 during the totality phase at about 3:24 a.m. ET.
Photographer Fernando Rodriguez of the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association captured this amazing view of the total lunar eclipse of April 15, 2014 during the totality phase at about 3:24 a.m. ET. (Image credit: Fernando Rodriguez via Virtual Telescope Project)

Editor's Update for 10 am ET: New photos of the first total lunar eclipse of 2014 have been added to our gallery, and we now have a great video of the "Blood Moon" you can watch. It occured overnight on April 14-15, and marked the beginning of an eclipse tetrad - four back-to-back total lunar eclipses. Scroll down for's complete coverage of the total lunar eclipse, which was visible from a wide region that includes most of North America and parts of South America. Gallery: Blood Moon Photos: Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014

Latest Story: Under a Blood Moon: 1st Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014 Wows Stargazers: Photos
The moon took on an eerie blood-red hue early Tuesday during the first total lunar eclipse of 2014, a celestial sight that wowed potentially millions of stargazers across North and South America. See photos of the amazing total lunar eclipse here.

Editor's Note: If you snap an amazing picture of the April 15 total lunar eclipse, you can send photos, comments and your name and location to managing editor Tariq Malik at Scroll down for more total lunar eclipse tetrad coverage: 

A series of four total lunar eclipses in a row is called a tetrad. See how four blood moons of a total lunar eclipse tetrad work in this infographic. (Image credit: By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

Photos and other multimedia:

Blood Moon Photos: Total Lunar Eclipse Pictures from April 15, 2014
Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014: Moon Visibility Maps (Gallery)

Lunar Eclipse Beauty: How to Photograph the Moon (Gallery)

'Blood Moons' Explained: What Causes a Lunar Eclipse Tetrad? (Infographic)

Photos: Total Lunar Eclipse of December 2011: Part 1
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Moon Trivia:

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How to Observe the Moon: A Skwatcher Guide (Infographic)

How Lunar Eclipses Work (Infographic)


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Complete Coverage:

Tuesday, April 15

Under a Blood Moon: 1st Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014 Wows Stargazers: Photos
The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 wowed stargazers across North and South America overnight on April 14 and 15. See amazing photos from the spectacular moon event here.

Moon Turns Red - Lunar Eclipse Time-Lapse Video

Monday, April 14

First Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014: The Complete Skywatcher's Guide  
No enthusiastic skywatcher misses a total eclipse of the moon, and if weather permits tonight, neither should you. Find out more about how to observe the moon during the amazing cosmic sight betwen Monday night and early Tuesday.

How Bright Will Tonight's Blood Moon Be?
The total lunar eclipse in the overnight hours tonight (April 14) and into the wee hours of tomorrow morning (April 15) will turn the moon blood red. But how bright will it be? Find out here.

Total Lunar Eclipse Weather: Forecast Bleak for Eastern US, Promising Elsewhere
The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur overnight tonight (April 14-15) and be visible across the entire United States, weather permitting. Here's a weather forecast for the lunar eclipse.

Capturing the 2000 Lunar Eclipse from 'Hell on Ice'

Despite temperatures that reached 15 degrees below zero and frozen camera film that began to crack, Victor Rogus was able to capture the first total lunar eclipse over North America in the 21st century.

Sunday, April 13

Monday's Big Space Day: See a Rocket Launch, Mars and Total Lunar Eclipse Online
Monday is a dream come true for space enthusiasts, with a total lunar eclipse, a great view of Mars and a private cargo mission launch on the docket.

Mars Makes Closest Approach to Earth in 6 Years Monday Ahead of Lunar Eclipse
On Monday (April 14), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in six years, just ahead of a total eclipse of the moon. Here's how to see both events.

Saturday, April 12

Tax Day Total Lunar Eclipse Kicks Off Blood Moon 'Tetrad'
Fancy a lunar eclipse? Skywatchers in the United States have the chance to see four total eclipses in the next 18 months, beginning with a "blood moon" on Tuesday (April 15), just in time for Tax Day.

Friday, April 11

How to Observe the Moon: Tips to See 2014's First Lunar Eclipse
In just a few days, the first total eclipse of the moon to be visible across the whole of North America since December of 2010 will occur. But to make the most of your moon-watching experience, there are some tips to keep in mind.

Thursday, April 10

Four Blood Moons: Total Lunar Eclipse Series Not a Sign of Apocalypse
The total lunar eclipse of April 15 will kick off a somewhat rare "tetrad" (a group of four) lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015. But it won't bring the apocalypse as some fear.

Wednesday, April 9

Lights Out: Total Lunar Eclipse Leaves NASA Moon Probe in the Dark
Next week's total lunar eclipse may thrill millions of skywatchers, but it poses a bit of a challenge for a sharp-eyed NASA moon probe.

12" Moon Globe. Buy Here (Image credit: Store)

Tuesday, April 8

Total Lunar Eclipse Will Darken the Moon Next Week
Stargazers and lunar fans in the Western Hemisphere will have ringside seats for a total eclipse of the moon during the overnight hours of April 14 and 15. This spectacle of celestial shadows will be the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2014 that will be visible from North America.

Tuesday, April 1

Total Lunar Eclipse and Solar 'Ring of Fire' Top April's Stargazing Events
Stargazers have a lot to look forward to this month. The best celestial events in April include eclipses of the sun and moon, a meteor shower and good opportunities to see Vesta and Ceres, the two biggest space rocks in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Laminated Moon Map. Buy Here (Image credit: Store)

More photos:

Photos: Long Total Lunar Eclipse of June 15, 2011
Blood Red Moon: Photos of 2010's Total Lunar Eclipse

Reference desk:

Full Moon Calendar 2014 | Next Full Moon
Moon Phases Calendar

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Earth's Moon: Formation, Composition and Orbit

Does the Moon Rotate?

Atmosphere of the Moon

What is the Moon Made Of?
How Was the Moon Formed?

What is the Temperature on the Moon?

What Is a Blue Moon?

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Tariq Malik

Tariq is the Editor-in-Chief of and joined the team in 2001, first as an intern and staff writer, and later as an editor. He covers human spaceflight, exploration and space science, as well as skywatching and entertainment. He became's Managing Editor in 2009 and Editor-in-Chief in 2019. Before joining, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering education and city beats in La Habra, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. In October 2022, Tariq received the Harry Kolcum Award for excellence in space reporting from the National Space Club Florida Committee. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. You can find Tariq at and as the co-host to the This Week In Space podcast with space historian Rod Pyle on the TWiT network. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Twitter @tariqjmalik.