At 1:58 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the moon began moving into Earth’s shadow. The full lunar eclipse — when the entirety of the moon is shaded by Earth — began just over an hour later at 3:07 a.m. and lasted until 4:25 a.m. The eclipse was visible, weather permitting, across almost the entire continental United States, most of Canada and Central America and parts of South America.
The “blood moon” happens every time the moon passes completely into the shadow of the Earth, it turns a reddish color — sometimes a bright copper, other times the dark reddish-brown of dried blood.
The Associated Press
The moon crosses the Earth’s shadow in Whittier, Calif., on Tuesday morning.
The Associated Press / Dr. Scott M. Lieberman
The Earth’s shadow is cast over the surface of the moon as seen through a magnolia treetop in the sky over Tyler, Texas, at 2:57 CDT Tuesday morning.
The Canadian Press
This composite photo shows multiple images of the moon during the stages of the lunar eclipse, as seen from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The Associated Press / Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner
The moon glows a red hue over the Goddess of Liberty statue atop the Capitol in Austin, Texas, during the lunar eclipse Tuesday. It is the first of four total lunar eclipses that will take place between 2014 to 2015.