This is an image of the moon during the total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014. In this image, the moon appears bright orange and is centered on a black sky. Mars is seen a tiny white-red dot on the upper left-hand side of the moon.

April 15, 2014

The United States was in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse on April 15, 2014. Depending on local weather conditions, the public got a spectacular view looking into the sky as the moon's appearance changed from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and perhaps gray. The eclipse is a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment, blanketing the moon in the Earth's shadow. The United States will not be able to witness a full lunar eclipse in its entirety again until 2019. This image was taken in San Jose, Calif.


NASA Ames Research Center/Brian Day


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