October's full moon accompanied by eclipse


There is a total eclipse of the full moon on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. This is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon, which is the name for the full moon after the Harvest Moon. It’s also a Blood Moon, and this eclipse is the second in a series of four so-called Blood Moon eclipses.

The Moon does not have its own light, but shines because its surface reflects the Sun's rays. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth's shadow blocks all the Sun's light from directly reaching the Moon's surface.

For North America, the total lunar eclipse happens in the wee hours before sunrise on October 8.

Here are the eclipse times for the the Pacific Daylight Time zone:

Pacific Daylight Time (October 8, 2014)

Partial umbral eclipse begins: 2:15 a.m. PDT on October 8

Total eclipse begins: 3:25 a.m. PDT

Greatest eclipse: 3:55 a.m. PDT

Total eclipse ends: 4:24 a.m. PDT

Partial eclipse ends: 5:34 a.m. PDT


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