Wednesday, 8 October 2014

‘Blood Moon’ eclipse wows Pacific sky-gazers

The moon turns orange during a total lunar eclipse behind the CN Tower and the skyline during moonset in Toronto October 8, 2014. (Reuters/Mark Blinch)
A blood-red moon has dazzled stargazers for the second time this year, presenting a spectacular view in the skies over the eastern hemisphere. The rare optical phenomenon has been best seen from Asia, Australia, North America and Russia’s Pacific region.

The latest total lunar eclipse started at 11:25 AM GMT and lasted for 59 minutes. Due to the Moon’s position in orbit, it appeared 5.3 percent larger than during the previous eclipse. The clouds, however, hid the celestial body for a while.

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