Full lunar eclipse delights Colorado, 1st of year

By: Associated Press
April 15, 2014 Updated: April 15, 2014 at 11:09 am
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photo - A few of the lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning from atop the Manitou Incline. (Reese Hein, via the Facebook page of Manitou Springs Incline)
A few of the lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning from atop the Manitou Incline. (Reese Hein, via the Facebook page of Manitou Springs Incline) 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — 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 11 p.m. MDT for 5 ½ hours. The total phase of the eclipse lasted just 78 minutes.

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

Photo gallery of lunar eclipse

Photographers across the Front Range either stayed up late or woke up early to witness the phenomenon, which was on full display as the night sky was clear of clouds, reported The Denver Post.

Among those interested in the lunar eclipse was Denver's Mayor Michael Hancock, who tweeted a grainy image of the red moon, according to the Post.

"Mary Louise and I got up at 1:58 am to catch the Blood Moon eclipse! Amazing!" Hancock tweeted.

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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