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Red Side of the Moon: ‘Blood’ Eclipse Sweeps Sky

The full moon seen from Caracas on Monday night, before the beginning of the eclipse.

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The moon begins a total lunar eclipse over Buenos Aires on Tuesday. The lunar eclipse was expected to unfold over three hours.

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The moon is seen halfway through a lunar eclipse over southern California early on Tuesday. The eclipse is the first of four total lunar eclipses that will take place between 2014 to 2015.

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The moon takes on a deep red color in a view captured from the Mount Lemmon Sky Center in Arizona.

A man takes a photo of his children as the 'Blood Moon' rises over Melbourne, Australia. The eclipse, resulting in the moon appearing to be an orange-red color, is due to a perfect alignment of the sun, earth and moon, known as 'syzygy'.

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The moon takes on a bright reddish color over southern California on Tuesday.

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The 'blood moon' high above the Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial in Brasilia.

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The red color begins to fade in another image captured from the Mount Lemmon Sky Center.

A composite picture shows the total lunar eclipse in seven stages as seen from Miami, Fla.

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