NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Shetland skywatchers consoled by partial lunar eclipse

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Image caption The cloud cleared to give islanders a good view of a partial eclipse

Cloudy skies disappointed skywatchers in Shetland who had hoped to observe a total lunar eclipse.

But the skies later cleared, rewarding observers with a view of a less rare partial eclipse.

A total eclipse means the moon is lit indirectly because of the earth's shadow, giving it a dramatic red appearance.

Spectacular views of the phenomenon occurred across Asia and Australasia.

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