Stunning photos from Wednesday's lunar eclipse
Residents in North America and Asia witnessed a rare occurrence on early Wednesday morning — an eclipsed moon sharing the sky with the sun.
The full moon turned red for half of the world, as the year’s second lunar eclipse became visible in the sky. The best sights were seen from North America and Asia.
The eclipse was apparent as early as 4:15 a.m. ET, when the edge of the moon began to dip into the lightest zone of the Earth’s shadow. The sight was best an hour later, when the darker part of the shadow crept across the moon’s disk.
Total lunar eclipses occur when Earth is positioned precisely between the sun and full moon. On average, the formation occurs about twice every three years. The darkened moon takes on the reddish, sunset-like glow because of the sunlight refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere.
The first eclipse of 2014 occurred in April, also turning the moon red.
The next two eclipses are expected next year on April 4 and Sept. 28.