Blood Moon full eclipse

There’s a full eclipse of the moon tonight (Monday), and it’s expected to include a “Blood Moon,” where the moon turns red for about an hour.

The full lunar eclipse begins at 12:53am ET (0453GMT) overnight between Monday and Tuesday, and ends 6am ET Tuesday (or 1000GMT).

The eclipse should reach totality around 3am ET (0700GMT).

Here’s a picture of a blood moon that I shot in Washington, DC back in I think 2004.

Lunar eclipse "blood moon" in Washington, DC back in 2004. © John Aravosis

Lunar eclipse “blood moon” in Washington, DC back in 2004. © John Aravosis

The total eclipse will be visible from most of North America (excluding much of Alaska in the west, and eastern Canada), all of Central America, and the western coast of South America.

Unfortunately in the eastern US, we’ve now got clouds.

To find out what time the different phases of the eclipse will be hitting where you live, the US Naval Observatory has set up a Web site where you can find the exact times for your location (in the US). For example, here’s the data for Washington, DC:


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  • Yep. We had extremely clear (and cold) skies that night, and we own a pair of decent astronomy binoculars. (Hoping to add a Dobson telescope and amateur observatory before too long…)

  • Oh that was Mars right above it, gotcha

  • Outspoken1

    Looked awfully orange to me – so it was a [Denver] Bronco moon – Pumpkin moon – Navel moon – Red+ Yellow = Orange….

  • emjayay

    At the very beginning in Brooklyn there was a thin cloud layer with the moon clearly shining through. A half hour later (halfway there) the clouds had thickened and it was gone. Day-um. The sky was really dark though.

  • Silver_Witch

    It is only all over the news because some crazy Xtians are claiming it means the end of the world because the next couple are going to be “Blood Moons”, has much more to do with the position of Mars, than anything else. Silly Xtians.

  • Silver_Witch

    It was spectacular and totally turned Red, more red in some areas of So. Cal. then others….I am paying for my adventure today though.

  • Indigo

    I’ve noticed that too. Over the past decade, it’s as if some neo-pagan matters have filtered into the mainstream. Although I prefer the scientific terms, anything that pushes Bible Belt fixation aside benefits society. I welcome alternative paganism with open arms.

  • Indigo

    It happened without me but I got a good night’s sleep.

  • Straightnotnarrow

    Glorious celestial event here in the Midwest. We had some early cloud cover that gave a cool cast to the whole scene. We were poppin’ out the ambulance bay every 15 minutes or so to watch the progression. Mars looked amazing as well. I wish I had had a good camera to snap some shots with.

  • I am up, but it’s raining here near Philadelphia.

  • Beautiful clear skies here in New Mexico, and the eclipse nearly complete as I write this. Mars is also quite bright, a little higher in the sky.

  • The_Fixer

    I don’t recall ever hearing the term, either. I did read a story about it that said the term has been in use for quite a long time, however. Maybe we have been living sheltered lives?

    I think that if it was artificially forced out there, it may have to do with the religious nuts and a verse in the biblical book Revelations talking about how God will be turning the skies into blood and fire, or some shit like that, as a warning that the end times are-a-comin’. You know how the religionists talk whenever some natural yet somewhat unusual event takes place – it’s always a warning from God about something we’re doing that’s got the old guy pissed off. They get the media’s ear because it’s sensational and seems to draw in the clicks/viewers/listeners.

    It may also be a regional thing that caught on? Who knows. I prefer “lunar eclipse” because that’s what it is.

  • The_Fixer

    They’re already cracking. “Pastor” John Hagee says it’s a warning from God about the end times:

    I had the same thought as you before finding that story. Lo and behold, I encountered that story. To the religious nutcase (and John Hagee is certainly one in every way), any natural phenomenon is a harbinger of the end times. Hagee specifically says that the arrival of the “Blood Moon” during the religious holidays (Passover followed by Easter) certainly means that God is trying to tell us something.

    I think that if he were real, and if he were trying to tell us something, it may be that our systems of science, measurement and mathematics are accurate. We can predict when these things will happen because of them.

    But of course, all of that is missed on a megachurch pastor whose income depends on scaring the shit out of uneducated or willfully ignorant people. He has to miss it – otherwise his income dries up.

  • pappyvet

    Beautiful photo John.
    I will be enjoying this evening’s show.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    I’m genuinely mystified by how the phrase “blood moon” seems to be everywhere in the press and on social media. Until a few days ago I’d _never_ heard the term “blood moon” applied to a total lunar eclipse except by a few neo-pagan acquaintances.

    Might not get a chance to see it here in Seattle. After a couple of clear days it’s starting to cloud over.

  • ronbo

    The religious nuts will be cracked this evening.

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