During a lunar eclipse, the full Moon enters the shadow of Earth, which cuts off all or part of the sunlight reflected off the Moon. Learn more about lunar terminology.
The following are the lunar eclipses for the next two years:
August 7, 2017: Partial eclipse of the Moon. This eclipse will not be visible from North America but can be seen from the western Pacific Ocean, Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, Europe, and easternmost tip of South America.
January 31, 2018: Total Eclipse of the Moon. This eclipse is best observed from central or western North America, because the Moon will set soon after it enters the umbra when observed from eastern North America. The Moon will enter the penumbra at 5:50 A.M. ET (2:50 A.M. PT) and the umbra at 6:48 A.M. ET (3:48 A.M. PT). The Moon will leave the umbra at 10:12 A.M. ET (7:12 A.M. PT)
July 27, 2018: Total Eclipse of the Moon. This eclipse is not visible from North America but can be viewed from Antarctica, Australia, Russia, Asia, Africa, Scandinavia, Europe, and central and eastern South America.