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Total Lunar Eclipse!
April 4, 2015

There will NOT be a
public viewing event.

Because the eclipse takes place in the
middle of the night, Griffith Observatory
and Griffith Park will be CLOSED.

Watch the eclipse live on the Internet.
Streamed in real time on Griffith TV

2:00 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.

What Is a Total Lunar Eclipse?

A total lunar eclipse occure when the Moon passes into the shadow cast by the Earth. The round disk of the full Moon slowly moves into the dark shadow, and the bright Moon grows dim. The Moon, however, does not become completely dark. Instead, it glows with a faint copper or red color, a result of sunlight being filtered and bent through the Earth's atmosphere (like a sunset).

How to Watch the Eclipse

If skies are clear, the lunar eclipse will be visible throughout southern Californa and can be seen with the unaided eye. All you need to do is look up! See the timeline below. Telescopes or binoculars will enhance the view. You can also watch via the live webcast at

Bad Weather Plan

If the night is cloudy, there will not be a webcast.

Key Total Lunar Eclipse Moments (Placeholder text only - needs update)

2:00 p.m. Observatory LIVE webcast of eclipse begins.
2:01 a.m. Penumbral eclipse begins. (Observatory LIVE webcast of eclipse starts.)
3:15 a.m. Umbral first contact (First portion of the Moon is visibly eclipsed.)
4:58 a.m. Totality begins. (Moon is completely eclipsed.)
5:00 a.m. Greatest eclipse
5:02 a.m. Totality ends. (Moon emerges from shadow.)
6:30 a.m. Observatory LIVE webcast of eclipse ends.