First Eclipse of the Year occurs 15 April 2014
The first eclipse of the year occurs 15 April 2014. This eclipse is a Total Lunar Eclipse. It is the first total lunar eclipse in a sequence of four consecutive total lunar eclipses.; two Total Lunar Eclipse during 2014, and two Total Lunar Eclipse during 2015.
The April Total Lunar Eclipse 2014 occurs at the Moon’s ascending node in Virgo. The Moon's trajectory takes it through the southern half of Earth's umbral shadow. The Moon is not central to Earth’s umbra shadow, however the totality phase still lasts for nearly 78 minutes, so gives amply opportunity to observe this graceful event. The lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s orbit is about midway between apogee (08 April 2014; 14:53 UT/GMT) and perigee (23 April 2014; 00:28 UT/GMT) therefore the apparent diameter of the Moon is close to average.
The entire eclipse is visible from most of North America, including a tiny corner of south-east Alaska, and western South America
The entire eclipse is visible from most of the continent of North America, including a tiny corner of south-east Alaska, Central America, and the continent of western South America, but not Eastern USA, eastern Canada, western Alaska, and eastern continent of South America. Observers in the western Pacific miss the first half of the eclipse because the lunar eclipse occurs before moonrise. In Australia and New Zealand the eclipse is already in progress as the Moon rises. As far as extreme western Europe and west Africa is concerned, the event occurs at moonset just as the eclipse is beginning. The eclipse is not visible from north and east Europe, eastern Africa, the Middle East or Central Asia.
The world map shows regions where the April 2014 lunar eclipse is visible or not visible
The world map shows regions where the April 2014 lunar eclipse is visible or not visible. All eclipses belong to a family of eclipses. It applies to both lunar eclipses and solar eclipses. The name given to the family is the Saros Cycle. The Total Lunar Eclipse of 15 April 2015 belongs to Saros Cycle 122 and is number 56 of 75.
15 April 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse - World Map
showing regions from where the eclipse of the Moon is visible and not visible