Stunning photos from Wednesday's lunar eclipse

  • A full total lunar eclipse of the moon is visible over the dome of the United States Capitol in Washington.
  • The moon is seen glowing red as its rise during a total lunar eclipse from Kathmandu, Nepal, on Oct. 8, 2014. 
  • The beginning of a total lunar eclipse is seen from the Qizhong Tennis Court in Shanghai on Oct. 8, 2014. 
  • The moon turns orange during a total lunar eclipse behind the CN Tower and the skyline during moonset in Toronto on Oct. 8, 2014.
  • A commercial airliner on approach to Reagan National Airport flies past the full moon during a lunar eclipse on Oct. 8, 2014, in Washington, DC.
  • A lunar eclipse is seen through clouds near the Empire State Building during the early morning hours of Oct. 8, 2014 in New York.
  • The moon appears to be to have an orange-red hue as the earth’s shadow covers the moon during a total lunar eclipse seen from Griffith Park in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 8, 2014. 
  • A lunar eclipse dips beneath the Sunsphere in Knoxville, Tenn., on Oct. 8, 2014.
  • A total lunar eclipse is seen behind a ferris wheel in Tokyo, on Oct. 8, 2014. 
  • The deep orange color of the moon slowly fades during a Total Lunar Eclipse which is seen on Oct. 8, 2014, from Bicutan, Paranaque city, east of Manila, Philippines. 
  • A deep orange moon appears in the sky during a lunar eclipse, on Oct. 8, 2014, from Bhubaneswar, India.



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.

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