Sky-Gazers Enjoy Full Lunar Eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (April 15, 2014) Wherever the sky was clear overnight in North and South America, sky-gazers willing to stay up late or get up early were treated to a full lunar eclipse.

The Earth’s shadow began to eclipse the moon at around midnight CDT and while the total phase lasted just 78 minutes, the event lasted for about 5 1/2 hours.

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

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’s moon-orbiting spacecraft, LADEE, survived the eclipse.

Scientists feared LADEE might freeze up in the cold darkness.


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