Lunar Eclipse Dazzles Skywatchers
Those who gazed into the darkened skies early Tuesday morning caught a breathtaking view of a blood-red lunar eclipse.
The second such event of the year gave those along the Pacific Rim, including California, New Zealand and eastern Australia a view of a total lunar eclipse from start to finish. Inhabitants in the Central U.S. and Canada through New England and even Japan, however, also got a spectacular view.
Earth's full shadow, or umbra, crept over the moon at 4:51 a.m. EDT (1:51 a.m. PDT) and completely covered it by 5:32 EDT (2:52 PDT). The celestial event ended after sunrise on the East coast and at 4:22 a.m. PDT on the West coast.
- Viewer's Guide: Total Eclipse Details
- Starry Night Online: Virtual View of the Eclipse
- Video: All About This Eclipse
SPACE.com's Skywatching Columnist Joe Rao contributed to this report.
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