'Blood moon' eclipse seen over Americas

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Skywatchers in the Americas have caught a rare celestial show caused by the Earth's shadow falling across the Moon.

The Moon changed colour from orange to blood red or brown in a total lunar eclipse.

The total lunar eclipse unfolded over three hours as the Moon moved into the Earth's shadow.

From 08:06 BST (07:06 GMT) our planet's natural satellite was fully eclipsed for more than 75 minutes and shrouded in a reddish glow.

Eclipse phase Timing

Penumbral eclipse begins

04:53 GMT

Partial eclipse begins

05:58 GMT

Total eclipse begins

07:06 GMT

Greatest eclipse

07:45 GMT

Total eclipse ends

08:24 GMT

Partial eclipse ends

09:33 GMT

Penumbral eclipse ends

10:37 GMT

The first eclipse of 2014 was visible across most of North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

People wait in line to board shuttle buses that will transport them to the Griffith Park Observatory to witness the lunar eclipse from Los Angeles, California, late 14 April 2014 In California, people waited for buses to a nearby observatory to watch the eclipse
A man takes a photo of his children as the "Blood Moon" rises over the water in Wlliamstown in Melbourne, Australia, 15 April 2014 Families in Melbourne, Australia, also gathered to watch the 'blood moon'
The moon is halfway through a lunar eclipse over southern California as seen from Korea town, west of downtown Los Angeles early on 15 April 2014 The moon appeared half red and half white mid-way through the lunar eclipse

Observers in north-west Africa and the eastern half of South America were able to see part of the eclipse, but missed some stages because they occurred after moonset.

The moment of greatest eclipse occurred at 08:45 BST (07:45 GMT).

Three further eclipses will occur during 2014: an annular solar eclipse on 29 April, a total lunar eclipse on 8 October and a partial solar eclipse on 23 October.


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