Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the sun's light, which otherwise reflects off the moon. There are three types — total, partial and penumbral — with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse, in which Earth's shadow completely covers the moon. The next lunar eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse on Jan. 31, 2018.
Throughout history, eclipses have inspired awe and even fear, especially when total lunar eclipses turned the moon blood-red, an effect that terrified people who had no understanding of what causes an eclipse and therefore blamed the events on this god or that. Below, you'll find the science and history of lunar eclipses, learn how they work, and see a list of the next ones on tap.
When is the next lunar eclipse?
The last lunar eclipse was on August 7, 2017. It was a partial lunar eclipse.
Here is a schedule of upcoming lunar eclipses:
January 31, 2018: Total eclipse. Visible from Asia, Australia, Pacific Ocean, western...