Monday, April 14, 2014

"Blood Moon" Lunar Eclipse Tonight, April 14, 2014

Lunar Eclipse. Credit: NASA.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- There will be a Full Moon tonight on Monday, April 14, 2014 beginning with a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean at 7:25 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (with a few minutes of variation depending on your exact location).  The Full Moon will technically be 100% full at 3:43 a.m. EDT on April 15, 2014 before it sets at 7:05 a.m. 


For those planning a moonlit stroll along the beach on the U.S. East Coast, this Full Moon brings along with it a 3'9" Atlantic Ocean high tide that will occur around 8:14 p.m., with a few minutes of variation depending on your exact location.  A very low tide will occur at 2:17 a.m. Thursday morning.

These NASA videos explain when and where to watch the April 2014 total lunar eclipse (also known as a 'Blood Moon') that is the first of four full eclipses to make up a Tetrad.  Video Credit: NASA JPL and [email protected]



What Time Is The "Blood Moon" Lunar Eclipse?

A full lunar eclipse will also occur tonight and into the morning of April 15, depending on the viewer's time zone.


The lunar eclipse will begin at 12:53 a.m. EDT on April 15 (9:53 p.m. PDT on April 14) and ends at 6:38 a.m. EDT / 3:38 a.m. PDT the morning of April 15th.

But the total lunar eclipse, when the moon is expected to turn into a dark-copper red Blood Moon, will start at 3:07 a.m. EDT / 12:07 a.m. PDT and ends at 4:25 a.m. EDT / 1:25 a.m. PDT on April 15th


Viewing area of the April 2014 Lunar Eclipse.  Credit: NASA / JPL

The total eclipse will be viewable for most of North America and western South America.  People in the United States will not be able to witness a full lunar eclipse in its entirety again until 2019.


According to NASA, this full lunar eclipse is special because it is the first of four consecutive full lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015 that make up a Tetrad.  


For some believers in Christian prophecy, these four Blood Moons mark the beginning of the end of the World. 


Is Tonight's Full Moon also a 'Pink Moon'?


Full Moons in April are also known as a Pink Moon.  But the time of year that a Full Moon appears does not affect its color.  The April 2014 Full Moon will likely appear a dark-copper red to those who can view the full lunar eclipse.


 

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