Skywatchers enjoy lunar eclipse

Total lunar eclipse Refracted sunlight can turn the Moon a spectacular shade of red

Related Stories

Skywatchers have been enjoying the last total lunar eclipse until 2014.

The spectacle, which occurs when the Earth casts its shadow over the Moon, has been watched from Australia, Asia and North America.

At some points, indirect sunlight still illuminated the Moon, turning it a dramatic shade of red.

The shadow started to fall at 11:33 GMT and ended after 17:30 GMT. The moon was totally eclipsed for 51 minutes eight seconds.

Where to see the eclipse

The action began unfolding on Saturday night (local time) in Australia and Asia. Viewers in the western half of the US had the best views on Saturday well before dawn (Pacific and Mountain Standard Time).

The further west they were, the better.

This was the second total lunar eclipse this year; the first occurred in June.

Stargazers will have to settle for partial eclipses of the Moon until 2014, say astronomers.

What happens during a lunar eclipse

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Science & Environment stories



Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.