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'Blood moon' mesmerizes sky gazers

By CNN Staff
updated 9:24 AM EDT, Tue April 15, 2014
<a href='http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1177472'>Paulo Solano</a> combined three different exposures using HDR photography to create this beautiful image from Van Nuys, California, of the October 8 lunar eclipse. The second "blood moon" of the year could be witnessed throughout North America, as well as over most of the Pacific and much of East Asia. If you missed your chance to see it, don't despair. Two more eclipses are coming in 2015, on April 4 and September 28. Paulo Solano combined three different exposures using HDR photography to create this beautiful image from Van Nuys, California, of the October 8 lunar eclipse. The second "blood moon" of the year could be witnessed throughout North America, as well as over most of the Pacific and much of East Asia. If you missed your chance to see it, don't despair. Two more eclipses are coming in 2015, on April 4 and September 28.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The moon turns a copper reddish color before dawn
  • Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view with the naked eye
  • Hundreds across North and South America shared their photos
  • Share your "blood moon" images with CNN iReport

(CNN) -- Stargazers glimpsed a rare treat as a "blood moon" crossed the Earth's shadow Tuesday.

The moon took on a devilish glow as it appeared in different phases from 2 to 4 a.m. ET.

Hundreds of people from North and South America, where the blood moon was most visible, shared their images of the lunar spectacle with CNN iReport.

"My dad and I have been planning to view this for many months, and it was truly a breathtaking experience," said high school student and astronomy enthusiast Ahan Malhotra from Miami.

If rain or clouds obscured your lunar experience, don't fret. This episode is the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses -- known as the tetrad -- that will occur in six-month intervals until September 2015.

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view with the naked eye and don't require special filters.

Did you capture the blood moon in its best light? Share your images with CNN iReport, or upload your photos via CNN's mobile app.

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