The total lunar eclipse provided a spectacular celestial show in the Americas from Sunday night to early Monday.
The eastern half of North America and all of Latin America were great places to see a solar eclipse, but Africa, Europe and the Middle East saw partial stages.
Some of the people watching the sunny eclipse were residents of Buenos Aires, Argentina. They gathered on a chilly night and relaxed on a blanket in the park to watch the event. In Caracas, Venezuela, some people brought laser pointers as crowds gathered and watched.
The moon was immersed in the reflected red and orange shades of Earth’s sunset and sunrise for about 1.5 hours. This is one of the longest times in 10 years. The so-called “Blood Moon” is the first time in a year.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly between the Moon and the Sun and casts a shadow on the surface of the Moon. The moon was 225,000 miles (362,000 kilometers) away at the peak of the solar eclipse — midnight on the east coast of the United States.
In November, there is another long total lunar eclipse. Africa and Europe are the best places to see it, but the Americas are not. Next is until 2025.