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!