Photogs Take Note: A Blood Moon Eclipse is Set to Take Place Early on April 15th

On April 15th, a rather rare astronomical event is taking place: the “blood moon.” While technically nothing more than a lunar eclipse, this particular event will the first of four lunar eclipses to happen over the course of the next two years.

According to Sky and Telescope magazine, this particular eclipse will begin at 1:20 a.m. on the East Coast of the United States. For those of you who don’t care to calculate when it will be visible from where you live, Reddit user brezzz shared this helpful infographic that will help you with precision timing.

The lunar eclipse can be seen without any additional optics, but when a pair of binoculars — or even better, a telescope — are used the event is made that much more grandiose.


The NASA video above from USA Today details exactly what happens during a blood moon, so if you’re wanting to know what exactly it is before you consider photographing the event, give it a quick watch.

We’ve also shared plenty of lunar eclipse articles that you can reference, from an incredible time-lapse of the event to a composition of it taking place over the historic Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

So read up on when you’ll be able to see the event take place, get your gear ready, and get shooting. And if you don’t end up with something you like this time, don’t worry… Mother Nature is giving you three more chances over the next two years.

(via USA Today via Reddit)

Image credits: Blood Moon 28th Aug 2007 by Peter Gaylard

  • Peter Barker

    That’ll be an astronomical event, then?

  • DLCade

    Oops, that’s an embarrassing one! Thanks for pointing it out, it’s been fixed : )

  • Kynikos

    The IRS will be commemorating the big day with its usual bloodsucking.

  • Will

    Hmmm How best to capture the blood moon in an image..

  • Johnny

    Stupid question: Can it only be seen in the US. What about Europe?

  • Renato Murakami

    According to the link provided on the post, for most of Europe the eclipse won’t be visible.

  • Sky

    The earliest one to see in Europe will be 28th September 2015. And then nothing for over 10 years or so. US as well as Indian Ocean will be much more lucky and have several blood moon eclipses in next 15 years. You might try going to Egypt on July 27th 2018.

  • Darren Tay

    Can this be seen in Asia?

  • lazyjourno

    …presumably “Photogs” are some kind of extraterrestrial beings who are unfamiliar with this phenomenon? Or should that be “phenom”?