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Photos: Blood moon over Bisbee

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Photos: Blood moon over Bisbee

  • Joseph M. Oland/
  • Joseph M. Oland/
  • Joseph M. Oland/

The first lunar eclipse of 2014 — known as a "blood moon" — cast a red hue in the sky Monday night.

The eclipse was most prominent in the Western Hemisphere, with a dark shadow crawling across the moon as it peaked in the skies over Southern Arizona between 11 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.

Photographer Joseph Oland climbed a hill in Bisbee to document the shadow's passage.

During a total lunar eclipse such as this one, the moon takes on a reddish hue as the shadow of the Earth passes over it. The rays of the Sun, coming from the other side of the Earth, pass through the atmosphere and take on the red coloring before striking the moon.

If you missed it, there will be another lunar eclipse visible from North America on Oct. 8, as well as April 4 and Sept. 28 of next year.

If you miss those, you'll have to wait until 2032.

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