Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014 As Viewed from the Moon

  • Released Thursday, April 10, 2014

In the early morning hours of April 15, 2014, the Moon enters the Earth’s shadow, creating a total lunar eclipse. When viewed from the Moon, as in this animation, the Earth hides the Sun. A red ring, the sum of all Earth’s sunrises and sunsets, lines the Earth’s limb and casts a ruddy light on the lunar landscape. With the darkness of the eclipse, the stars come out.

The city lights of North and South America are visible on the night side of the Earth. The part of the Earth visible in this animation is the part where the lunar eclipse can be seen.

With the lunar horizon in the foreground, the Earth passes in front of the Sun, revealing the red ring of sunrises and sunsets along the limb of the Earth. The "No Stars" frames omit the starry background and include an alpha channel.

The star field. The Earth and Sun are in the constellation Pisces. From left to right, the brightest four stars visible in the full animation are Omicron, Mu, Zeta, and Epsilon Piscium.

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This page was originally published on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:51 PM EDT.


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