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See video of total lunar eclipse, blood moon

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Source: Bob Kish Source: Bob Kish
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A total lunar eclipse was seen all in the sky all across the United States Monday night into early Tuesday morning. 

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The YouTube video (above) of the eclipse is from Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.  

A total lunar eclipse happens when the moon is full and the Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon, blocking sunlight from reaching the moon's surface. 

During the height of the eclipse the moon turns a reddish-brown color.  

The moon slipped into the Earth's shadow at 9:53 p.m. (Arizona time) Monday with the total eclipse starting at 12:06 a.m. heading into Tuesday. 

Below is the list of the eclipse phases and the times at which those began or ended. 

Eclipse Phase Time
Penumbral Eclipse Begins 9:53:37 PM Monday, April 14 
Partial (Umbral) EclipseBegins 10:58:19 PM Monday April 14
Total Eclipse Begins 12:06:47 AM Tuesday April 15
Greatest Eclipse 12:45:40 AM Tuesday April 15
Total Eclipse Ends 01:24:35 AM Tuesday April 15
Partial (Umbral) EclipseEnds 02:33:04 AM Tuesday April 15
Penumbral Eclipse Ends 03:37:37 AM Tuesday April 15

The moon passed through two parts of the Earth's shadow. 

The penumbra is an area where only a portion of the sun's light is blocked by Earth. 

The umbra represents the area where the Earth entirely blocks light from the sun. 

The image below from starryskies.com shows the two parts of the Earth's shadow. 

The phases of another total lunar eclipse in May 2004 is shown in the image below. 

This mosaic was a NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day and was created by Anthony Ayiomamitis, an astronomer in Greece. 


While people on Earth saw a lunar eclipse, a solar eclipse was seen from the moon.

The Earth was in between the moon and sun, blocking the sun's light for the moon.

Although there are no people on the moon, there are spacecraft in orbit around the moon and on the moon that had an opportunity to capture images of the solar eclipse.

Prior to the eclipse NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day said "China's Chang'e 3 mission, including its Yutu rover, might witness a new total eclipse of the Sun by the Earth from surface of the Moon. Simultaneously, from lunar orbit, NASA's LADEE mission might also capture the event."

This is not the first time a spacecraft was able to see a solar eclipse from the moon. 

The below movie is a sequence of solar eclipse images taken by the robotic Surveyor 3 moon mission in 1967. 


The April total lunar eclipse is the first of four to occur in the sky over the next few years.  

Total lunar eclipses also happen on October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015; and Sept. 28 2015.

Unfortunately not all of these will be visible in the sky over Arizona but live feeds will likely be available online.  

For more information on upcoming lunar eclipses and other astronomical events click here.

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