Total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 A blood moon – as its called – is a total lunar eclipse where the moon turns reddish orange when it passes the Earth’s shadow. Previously, the last blood moon occured April earlier this year but the blood moon which will make its appearance on Oct. 8 is reportedly going to be bigger than the previous one. The Total Lunar Eclipse starts after sundown of October 8, 2014. At 6:27 p.m. (Philippine Time), the Moon will start to turn red, with its peak at 6:55 p.m. and to end at 7:22 p.m. The Moon then will return to being covered by Earth’s dark shadow and the eclipse ends at 9:32 p.m. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is directly between the Sun and the Moon. The Earth casts its inner shadow (umbra) to the Moon, making the latter not visible for a while and reemerges with a reddish color. Though the Earth’s shadow is definitely black, the Moon will appear reddish because of the Earth’s atmosphere. The sunlight that passes through the atmosphere is being filtered, and the red spectrum remains. This also explains why the sky is red/orange during sunsets.