A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on Wednesday 8 October, 2014 UT, lasting from 08:15–13:33 UT. A shallow total eclipse saw the Moon in relative darkness for 58 minutes and 48 seconds. The Moon was 17% of its diameter into the Earth's umbral shadow, and should have been significantly darkened for viewers from east Asia and North America, with the beginning visible from most of South America. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 20 minutes in total.

The timings of the phases of the eclipse are as follows. You would have been able to see each phase of the eclipse if the Moon was up at the corresponding time as seen from your location; however the penumbral phase would have been very difficult to see in practice:

Penumbral eclipse began: 08:15:36 UT
Partial eclipse began: 09:14:48 UT
Total eclipse began: 10:25:09 UT
Maximum eclipse: 10:54:35 UT
Total eclipse ended: 11:23:59 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 12:34:19 UT
Penumbral eclipse ended: 13:33:39 UT

During this eclipse the Moon was just 2 days past perigee, making it fairly large. At maximum eclipse it was 0.554° in apparent diameter, which is 4.3% larger than average. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.


The stages of the total lunar eclipse; beautifully captured by Michele Whitlow.


In Asia, the eclipse will be visible after sunset, as the Full Moon rises. Viewers in Thailand, central China, and western Mongolia will see the Moon rise during the total eclipse; in Australia, Indonesia, and eastern China and Mongolia, the total eclipse will begin after the Moon has risen.

New Zealand, Hawaii, and others in the Pacific will have a fantastic view of the entire eclipse.

In South America, only the north-western countries will see the total eclipse, and only some of it as the Moon sets. Panama will miss the end of the total eclipse; from Nicaragua west, the whole total eclipse will be visible. In North America, only Nova Scotia will miss out completely; and west of New York / Virginia, the whole total eclipse will be visible close to dawn, as the Moon dips in the west.

Interactive Map

This map shows the visibility of the eclipse at various stages. The bright area in the middle saw the whole eclipse; the coloured bands to the right saw the start of the eclipse, and those on the left saw the end. Note that the map is approximate, and if you were near the edge of the area of visibility, the moon was very close to the horizon and may not have been practically visible.

You can use the zoom controls to zoom in and out, and pan to see areas of interest. Hover your mouse over the tags to see what was visible from each area on the map. The green marker in the centre shows where the Moon was directly overhead at maximum eclipse.

Overview Map

This map sourced from NASA's Eclipse Web Site shows the visibility of the eclipse. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This was the 42nd eclipse in lunar Saros series 127.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 10:54:35 on 8 Oct UT TDT Date/time (max) 10:55:44 on 8 Oct TDT
Saros Series 127 Number in Series 41
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.1456 Central Magnitiude 1.1659
Gamma 0.3826 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m09s Error ± 0m02s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h18m Partial Duration 3h20m
Total Duration 58m48s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 149471481 km (49.2%) Moon Distance 365667 km (18.4%)
Sun Diameter 0.534° Moon Diameter 0.544° - 0.554°
Perigee 09:42 on 6 Oct UT Apogee 06:06 on 18 Oct UT
Contact p1 08:15:36 on 8 Oct UT Contact p2
Contact u1 09:14:48 on 8 Oct UT Contact u2 10:25:09 on 8 Oct UT
Max eclipse 10:54:35 on 8 Oct UT
Contact u3 11:23:59 on 8 Oct UT Contact u4 12:34:19 on 8 Oct UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 13:33:39 on 8 Oct UT

Note that while all dates and times on this site (except where noted) are in UT, which is within a second of civil time, the dates and times shown in NASA's eclipse listings are in the TDT timescale.

The Sun and Moon distances are shown in km, and as a percentage of their minimum - maximum distances; hence 0% is the closest possible (Earth's perihelion, or the Moon's closest possible perigee) and 100% is the farthest (aphelion, the farthest apogee). The statistics page has information on the ranges of sizes of the Sun and Moon.

Data last updated: 2015-06-21 22:11:46 UTC.