During the first total lunar eclipse of 2014, the moon turned a blood-red hue early Tuesday morning, a celestial sight that wowed potentially millions of stargazers.
The total lunar eclipse of April 15 lasted about 3.5 hours between late Monday and early Tuesday, with the Earth's shadow slowing darkening the face of the so-called "Blood Moon" in a jaw-dropping sight for stargazers willing to stay up extra late or rise super-early for the event.
According to astronomer Bob Berman, this event was the most special one in people's lives. He added that the event was also one for the record books because of another bright object in the predawn sky.
Mars made its closest approach to Earth since 2008 on Monday night (April 14), coming within 57.4 million miles of our planet.
So the Red Planet and the "Blood Moon" shined together in the predawn sky in a rare event, Berman said, adding that the bright blue star Spica completed the show.
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