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Lunar Eclipse Last Night

Lunar Eclipse Last Night

I saw just the start of the eclipse on the way to bed last night.

The moon turned red across Sydney just before midnight on Saturday, and lasted until around 3am (AEDT) on Sunday.

The entire moon turns red during the 52-minute event as it slips into the earth’s darkest shadow.

The colour change is caused by a scattering of sunlight as it passes through the thin ring of the Earth’s atmosphere, removing the blue light and passing mainly the red, some of which weakly illuminates the moon.

Australians will have to wait until 2014 for a repeat performance of the eclipse.

The eclipse is seen over the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco / AP/San Francisco Chronicle