Red Alert: Total Lunar Eclipse - January 21, 2019


Hey, Earthlings! There will be a total lunar eclipse coming our way, beginning on Sunday, January 20 2019, and lasting into the 21st! Here are some facts you need to know.

Who is involved?

You! Your friends and family! The Sun, Moon, and Earth!

What is it?

An awesome, total lunar eclipse.

The darkest shaded areas of the globe are where the entire eclipse is visible from start to finish. Moving outward from that region, portions of the eclipse are visible.

Where can I see it?

Totality of this lunar eclipse can be seen and experienced everywhere in the Western Hemisphere, as well as extreme Northern Asia, Ireland, England, and portions of France, Spain, and Scandinavia.

When will this event be taking place?

The eclipse will begins on January 21, 2019 at 0236 GMT and will end at 0748 GMT. For those who don’t want to convert GMT to our time zone(s), the eclipse will run from 9:30 p.m., on Sunday, January 20, 2019 until 2:45 a.m. on Monday, January 21, 2019, for those on US Eastern Standard Time.

How can I see it?

Go outside and look up! Clouds are forecast here over B&H Photo’s Space HQ, but hopefully you will have clear skies!

Moon photographs © Todd Vorenkamp

Why will this be happening?

The Earth will be positioned between the Sun and moon. It will block the light from the Sun and cast its shadow on the moon. When that happens, the moon will appear red (what is known as a Blood Moon) and get very dark until it moves beyond the shadow.

Want to learn more?

Lunar Eclipse Page

Tips for Photographing a Lunar Eclipse

Tips for Photographing the Moon

8 Cool Moon Facts

Enjoy the show!


Had a great experience in 2015 with a Super Blood moon eclipse. If you have the right night, no clouds and a tripod and patience, you can get some pretty good shots of the eclipse. Dress warm depending on where you live. Here is my work, take a look: 

Thanks, John! Great pics!

"The moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow on the far side of the Sun." This doesn't make sense. I suggest: A total lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and covers the Moon with its shadow.

I think it's more a case of less-than-clear phrasing. Perhaps "…far side FROM the sun….

Hi Vladimir,

Sorry to be less-than-clear! I will change the wording to make it more better.


Thanks B&H for sending this out and creating awareness for this special event. Keep it up!

Hey Mike,

You are welcome! Thanks for reading Explora!

Hi Craig,

Sorry for any confusion. I will get with our editor to see if we can re-word that passage.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Earth had passed between the Sun and our sentence, causing the sentence to go dark until it passed beyond the shadow. Hopefully, the edited sentence will make it clear now.