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Blood moon eclipse delights Americas

The moon glowed a red hue during a total lunar eclipse.

Mike De Sisti/AP/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The moon glowed a red hue during a total lunar eclipse.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse — at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies.

The moon was eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow early Tuesday, beginning around 1 a.m. EDT for 5 ½ hours. The total phase of the eclipse lasted just 78 minutes.

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For some, the moon appeared red-orange because of all the sunsets and sunrises shimmering from Earth, thus the name ‘‘blood moon.’’

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It’s the first of four eclipses this year and the first of four total lunar eclipses this year and next. In the meantime, get ready for a solar eclipse in two weeks.

NASA got good news Tuesday: Its moon-orbiting spacecraft, LADEE survived the eclipse. Scientists had feared LADEE might freeze up in the cold darkness.

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