April the 15th: The date that American taxpayers have learned to loath; however, this year something unique will transpire. Something that will force many of us to lift our heads from the dreaded tax forms and look to the skies. The first of four total lunar eclipses for 2014 and 2015 begins at 10:58 p.m. PDT on April 14. The eclipse will last 1 hour, 17 minutes and 48 seconds.
Total eclipse begins: 12:07 a.m. PDT on April 15
Greatest eclipse: 12:46 a.m. PDT
Total eclipse ends: 1:25 a.m. PDT
Partial eclipse ends: 2:33 a.m. PDT
This lunar eclipse is first of a tetrad, four total lunar eclipses in series. The last series was in 2003 and 2004
As described by NASA, during the total lunar eclipse on April 15, the moon, Earth, and sun will be perfectly aligned. With the Earth blocking the sun, the only light the moon will receive is sunlight refracted by the edges of the Earth’s atmosphere. The refracted light causes the moon to appear red. A second total lunar “blood moon” eclipse is expected to occur in 2014 on Oct. 8. In 2015, two events take place on April 4 and Sept. 28.