Skywatchers mesmerised with glimpse of `Blood Moon` in total lunar eclipse
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 16:34
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New Delhi: Skygazers were in for a delight as they witnessed the 'Blood Moon' crossing Earth's shadow on Tuesday night.

Blood moon is a sequence of lunar eclipses called a tetrad that will occur over the next two years.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon is entirely immersed in the Earth shadow, and can take on a dusky "blood red" colour due to the scattering of sunlight through the edges of Earth's atmosphere.

The lunar eclipse unfolded over three hours, beginning at about 2am EDT, when the moon began moving into Earth's shadow.

Depending on local weather conditions, the eclipse was visible across a swath of the United States. The eclipse was also seen in Australia, New Zealand and all of the Americas.

In a statement made on Twitter, NASA said, “The celestial show was over by over by 5:30am EDT (0930 GMT)”.

This lunar eclipse is the first of four consecutive total eclipses of the moon between April 2014 and September 2015, what scientists call a lunar eclipse "tetrad" series. The next will occur on October 8.

(With Agencies inputs)

First Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 15:02

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