CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse - at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies.
The moon was eclipsed by the Earth's shadow early Tuesday, beginning around 1 a.m. EDT for 5 ½ hours. The total phase of the eclipse lasted just 78 minutes.
For some, the moon appeared red-orange because of all the sunsets and sunrises shimmering from Earth, thus the name "blood moon."
It's the first of four eclipses this year and the first of four total lunar eclipses this year and next. In the meantime, get ready for a solar eclipse in two weeks.
NASA got good news Tuesday: Its moon-orbiting spacecraft, LADEE survived the eclipse. Scientists had feared LADEE might freeze up in the cold darkness.
This eight picture combo shows a total lunar eclipse over Panama City, Panama, early Tuesday. Tuesday’s eclipse is the first of four total lunar eclipses that will take place between 2014 to 2015.×
The Earth’s shadow renders the moon in a crimson hue during a total lunar eclipse behind the illuminated steeple of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in the town of Ashippun , Wis. Tuesday.×