Total Lunar Eclipse October 8, 2014!

Total Eclipse of Moon!
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Wake up early tomorrow, October 8, 2014 for a total eclipse of the Moon—visible throughout the United States and Canada!

This eclipse is the second of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, or what we call a “tetrad.” See all the dates on our Eclipse page.

For East Coasters, the total eclipse begins at 6:25 A.M. EDT; the Moon will be hanging low over the western horizon as the brightening dawn approaches, so only part of the eclipse may be seen before the Moon sets. The Moon may appear larger than usual, thanks to the “Moon Illusion.”

In Central Time, the total eclipse starts at 5:25 A.M; in Mountain Time, it starts at 4:25 A.M.

For West Coasters, totality begins at 3:25 A.M. PDT (and ends at 4:24 A.M.). The viewing is the most favorable out West in the wee hours of darkness—and the Moon will be high in the sky.

During the eclipse, the Moon will turn reddish-orange or what some folks call a “Blood Moon” as it passes through the shadow of Earth.

Sky watchers: Read more about the October Moon here.

Do you plan on getting up early? Please share a comment below—and enjoy the show!

~ By  Catherine Boeckmann

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Very beautiful. Watched from

Very beautiful. Watched from about 4:15 to 5:30 in central Arkansas. Very clear view nothing in the sky except 2 shooting stars I spotted during this time as well. Great way to start a day off.

I live in Key West, FL. When

I live in Key West, FL. When I left the house around 5:45 a.m. the eclipse had already started. Man what an all some scene!

I do believe the word

I do believe the word (singular) that you're meaning is awesome...it was an awesome day =) the things people know, but are totally wrong about.

I live in atlanta Ga, and the

I live in atlanta Ga, and the eclipse was beautiful up until almost the end of the full part before it turned red. Then there was a lot of fog. But finally by 6:55 it cleared up and was lovely. Looking forward to the next 3!

This was my first Eclipse

This was my first Eclipse experience. It was Absolutely amazing! I love it.

Amazing view Marengo Indiana

Amazing view Marengo Indiana

My 5 yr old grandson and I

My 5 yr old grandson and I watched the eclipse. He loved how the moon was red. We live in Wisconsin.

I live in great falls montana

I live in great falls montana and the clouds have rolled in I THINK but the sky is offly dark

From Indiana... awoke at 4:15

From Indiana... awoke at 4:15 am and the full moon was almost white with the slightest bite of dark gray beginning to encroach. By the time I got outside at 4:30,it looked like a bright half crescent moon. I arrived home at 5 am and there was barely a sliver of the bright whitish yellow left. I ran in the house and grabbed a cup of coffee then sat on the front porch for the rest of the show. Beautiful!! The moon appeared full again but was Calico: ruddy brownish gray with the slightest tint of orange until it transformed into a red/orange full moon in a clear sky just as dawn was breaking at about 6:50am. Amazing wonder!!

Happy Birthday to me, Perfect

Happy Birthday to me, Perfect view here in Clearwater, FL

Too rainy for me to see it in

Too rainy for me to see it in NW Arkansas. :(

Its cloudy here in Pensacola,

Its cloudy here in Pensacola, Florida. So it doesn't look red or orange but I can definitely see it.

Springfield Illinois and I

Springfield Illinois and I just got a clear pic of the blood moon.. red and all.

Is cloudy here in Pensacola,

Is cloudy here in Pensacola, Florida. But can definitely see it. So it's not red is just going dark.

I'm in Jackson, Michigan, and

I'm in Jackson, Michigan, and it's happening right now 6:32am.
VERY cool. Looks brown with a slight reddish tinge.

I'm in Jackson, Michigan, and

I'm in Jackson, Michigan, and it's happening right now 6:32am.
VERY cool. Looks brown with a slight reddish tinge.

I live in Mississippi. I

I live in Mississippi. I began watching for the Eclipse at 4 A.M. which here it had barely started. It's now 5:26 and I can almost see total Eclipse. I see a very faint glow of yellow orange color in a circle of a full moon.

I am in Grenada, Ms I woke up

I am in Grenada, Ms I woke up at 4A.M. and the Eclipse had barely started here. It's now 5:20 and I can almost see total Eclipse. So far I don't see any color such as Redish or Orange.

I live I tacoma was 3:25am I

I live I tacoma was 3:25am I was told to watch but its so foggy I can't even find it

Hope we can see it!! Very

Hope we can see it!! Very cloudy here in Long Island!! Going to try!!!

Yes! We will watch in full

Yes! We will watch in full force (kids included)!!!

I just woke up and am

I just woke up and am checking FaceBook. I am excited to see the moon. I will be awake this morning! I do enjoy nature and science. I am a Chrisian and am awed to think of creation. John 1:1-5 reads In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God and the Word was God in nature. All things were created by him and nothing was made that has bee made. In Him was life and the life was the light of men.
I believe in Intelligent Design. i LOVE the order of the universe!

Iam in India. Whenever I see

Iam in India. Whenever I see the eclipses the scripture portion that comes to my mind is Psalms 8:3-4." When I consider your Heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have placed in their places; What is man that you should mind him , the son of man that you should care for him? " Praise God! I too marvel at His creation.

5:00AM in Wyoming we see a

5:00AM in Wyoming we see a full blood red moon. "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork."

There we go..

There we go..

In Kentucky, the time for it

In Kentucky, the time for it to happen would be somewhere around when? I've heard it's supposed to be at 5am, but I'm not completely sure.

About 530 am kentucky time is

About 530 am kentucky time is when it will be in the total phase and will be like that for an hour so about 430 am is when it starts. Hope this helps

I'm in Ga and it says a We

I'm in Ga and it says a
We should see it around 6:25 am.

Same

Same

What is the best time for

What is the best time for tucson AZ,like 2:30am? Or later cause if its at like 5 ill just go to bed lol

Mtn time is at 4:25am so you

Mtn time is at 4:25am so you should see it starting at 3:25am.

What is the best time for

What is the best time for tucson AZ,like 2:30am? Or later cause if its at like 5 ill just go to bed lol

Are you the same time as nv

Are you the same time as nv or Utah?

Indiana's time zone was

Indiana's time zone was changed a few years ago to daylight savings: Eastern, but we're actually well into the Central Time Zone. So I hope we Hoosiers are up early enough to see the Blood Moon, eclipse...I hope I can stay awake for it:)I just wakened, and it seems the eclipse has already begun here
Thanks for the details and comment area!

my mom is letting me stay up

my mom is letting me stay up for it!

I'm in Houston, TX & 39 weeks

I'm in Houston, TX & 39 weeks pregnant. I knew there was a full moon coming, but I didn't realize it was another blood moon! Maybe tonight is the night!!! Keep your fingers crossed!

St. Louis Getting up & going

St. Louis
Getting up & going to my mom's. We are going to sit on her deck under blankets drinking coffee and watching the lunar eclipse.

Yes! I'm in Washington State.

Yes! I'm in Washington State. 3:25 am? Excited for this one! I always miss things like this.

What time would be the best

What time would be the best viewing for Western Kentucky?

you're eastern time, so

you're eastern time, so 6.25am

It's Central time.... I live

It's Central time.... I live in Western KY.

Definitely around 5:15 AM

Definitely around 5:15 AM will be the peak there. However, around 445 or 5 AM will be the best because the sky will start to get some light in it around 515 530 central time. I lived in Murray for about 10 years. Love Western ky. I'm in Springfield Illinois right now.

Ive heard it is supposed to

Ive heard it is supposed to happen around 5 in northern Kentucky, so try earlier than that. Hope this helps!

I am in Rockingham Vermont

I am in Rockingham Vermont and ill be watching the eclipse as im getting my kiddos off to the bus.

I'll be getting up and

I'll be getting up and looking hopefully here in north west Montana- big dark skies make for great gazing as long as the clouds stay away! Thanks for the times in the article!

I'll be getting up and

I'll be getting up and looking hopefully here in north west Montana- big dark skies make for great gazing as long as the clouds stay away! Thanks for the times in the article!

West here.... Oregon will be

West here.... Oregon will be watching and hoping for a few good photo's to be caught

I am in California.

I am in California.

Hawaii. Would be at

Hawaii. Would be at 1:25-2:24am, right?

I live in ooklahoma what time

I live in ooklahoma what time is best to see it

I'm a fellow Okie. According

I'm a fellow Okie. According to this article, our total eclipse should be about 5:25am

I'm in mountain time when

I'm in mountain time when will it happen??

It says 4:25am in the

It says 4:25am in the article.

i'm in Las Vegas been waiting

i'm in Las Vegas been waiting for this all year .... this will be the start of a new beginning for me all will be good. WHOB WILL BE UP WITH ME??

Me too

Me too

Me! I'm watching from my

Me! I'm watching from my roof deck in Mountain's Edge Las Vegas!

i'm in Las Vegas been waiting

i'm in Las Vegas been waiting for this all year .... this will be the start of a new beginning for me all will be good

I live in Silver Spring

I live in Silver Spring Maryland so will the eclipse be hear at 6:25 right?

here*

here*

I live in Washington State. A

I live in Washington State. A bit overcast here today. What time is best for us & will the clouds block the total view.?

I live in Bristol, TN will we

I live in Bristol, TN will we be able to see anything??? Thanks

Nope. The west coast will be

Nope. The west coast will be the ones to see it the best though.

I get on my school bus at

I get on my school bus at 6:10 AM, since I live in NJ I can spend a majority of my ride watching the eclipse(: Hopefully

I am in CT, the rain ruined

I am in CT, the rain ruined it, I recommend going to NASAs live ustream as they have part 1 and part 2 available but its beautiful up there right now on live view. Can't see a thing here with all the clouds, it is all murky. Like we are under water.

I live in Ohio what time will

I live in Ohio what time will the eclipse be here?

Trying to view from Texas

Trying to view from Texas what would be the best time?

Hi Tammy, The party gets

Hi Tammy, The party gets starts a bit earlier, but the Moon enters totality 5:25 A.M. and this ends 6:24 A.M. in Central Time.

I am in Siren, WI

I am in Siren, WI

Hi Candy, The total eclipse

Hi Candy, The total eclipse begins at 5:25 a.m. Central Time. Good night!

Huntsville, Alabama?

Huntsville, Alabama?

Huntsville is Central Time,

Huntsville is Central Time, Slow time for y'all Sand Mountain Folks. 5:25am

Northeast Alabama here, on

Northeast Alabama here, on top of Sand Mountain. Any tips on good time/location? Also, for anyone who knows...I have both a Samsung Galaxy 4, and an LG G2. Both phones have similar modes such as night (no flash but light picture), sports, flash, no flash, auto etc. Any tips for those trying to get as good a picture as possible with a camera phone? Thanks!

Hi Jonni, I believe that most

Hi Jonni, I believe that most of Alabama is central time; the total eclipse begins at 5:25 a.m. and ends 6:24 a.m. Look for a location with a clear view of the southwest horizon, so that trees and buildings do not obstruct your view. I haven't tried to take a photo with a camera phone; maybe someone else can chime in here. With a normal camera, it's ideal to use a zoom lens and, if possible, a tripod. Once the Moon is eclipsed, you may need an exposure of several seconds.

I live in Wisconsin which is

I live in Wisconsin which is "central". When can I expect to see moon??

Hi Nicki, In central time,

Hi Nicki, In central time, the total eclipse begins at 5:25 a.m. and ends 6:24 a.m. The early bird gets the worm (or, in this case, the Blood Moon)!

In Wisconsin it starts around

In Wisconsin it starts around 4:30 A.M. and ends around 6:30 A.M. The moon will be completely red around 5:25 A.M.

How about in New Mexico?

How about in New Mexico? When will we get to see the eclipse?

Hi, Barb, I believe you're on

Hi, Barb, I believe you're on Mountain Time? The total eclipse starts at 4:25 a.m. and ends 5:24 a.m. You should have a much better view of the eclipse than the east coasters since it will be darker.

I live in Mount Airy, North

I live in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Was wondering if and when It will be visible here ? Thank you for your service..

"For East Coasters, the lunar

"For East Coasters, the lunar eclipse begins at 6:25 A.M. EDT; the Moon will be hanging low over the western horizon, so only part of the eclipse may be seen before the Moon sets. The Moon may appear larger than usual, thanks to the “Moon Illusion.”

Live in the south east

Live in the south east Kentucky when should we see it ?

Hi Rick, You're on eastern

Hi Rick, You're on eastern time so, if you're up, the partial eclipse begins at 5:15 am and then the total eclipse begins at 6:25 am. For folks in the East Coast time zone, dawn is breaking while the Moon is sinking on the western horizon so bright sunlight may make it difficult to see. The West Coasters have the advantage of being three hours earlier so it's darker and the Moon is higher in the sky. We'd love to hear what you observe.

I'll be watching from Long

I'll be watching from Long Island NY, supposed to get storms tonight but hopefully they will clear out in time to see the Blood Moon, it's also my birthday tomorrow, would be cool to be able to see it for a birthday gift from Mother Nature

Happy Birthday, Louie, from

Happy Birthday, Louie, from the crew at The Old Farmer's Almanac!

Hey it's my birthday too!

Hey it's my birthday too! Twinies!

On the coast in Alabama.

On the coast in Alabama. Hoping to catch it before it sinks beyond the horizon.

I look hoping for information

I look hoping for information about visibility in northern Midwest. Just part of the fly over zone I guess.

Hi Rudepet, Are you on

Hi Rudepet, Are you on central time? The total eclipse starts on the east coast at 6:25 am; central time is 5:25 am; mountain time is 4:24 am; pacific time is 3:25 am. The further west you are, the best viewing you'll have because it's earlier, i.e., darker, and the Moon is higher in the sky. 

We will be watching from

We will be watching from north-central Arkansas!

South west ark. Here

South west ark. Here

Setting my alarm clock!

Setting my alarm clock!

I'll be looking too from here

I'll be looking too from here in PA, unfortunately I'll be on my way to work, heading East, so it's likely I'll miss it.

Thanks for letting us know

Thanks for letting us know the timing of when to look for the eclipse. I am on the east coast.

Hi Sarah, If you're in the

Hi Sarah, If you're in the east, look for the the Moon sinking low in the west during the eclipse which is near dawn. (Folks in the west and central regions will see the eclipse high in a dark sky since it's earlier.) Hope you see the Blood Moon!
—Catherine

I'm there!

I'm there!

I'll be up! Is it safe to

I'll be up! Is it safe to look at a lunar eclipse?

Hi George, Yes, it's safe.

Hi George, Yes, it's safe. It's only the solar eclipse that require safety precautions. You can use a telescope, but actually your own eyes will probably be better at seeing dark and light contrasts! Enjoy, Catherine

No it is not:

No it is not: vedichealing.com/october-8-2014-lunar-eclipse/

Lunar eclipses are totally

Lunar eclipses are totally safe to watch with the naked eye, unlike solar eclipses. Check NASA, Nat Geo, or any space organization.

what time is best for

what time is best for virgina?

Definitely all right to look

Definitely all right to look at a lunar eclipse.

I live in New England and

I live in New England and hope to see the Blood Moon tomorrow morning. Thunderstorms predicted so it may be cloudy.

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