Partial Eclipse wows stargazers

A ‘Partial’ lunar eclipse occurred late Thursday and Early Friday morning bathing the moon in a beautiful red spectrum. (Jiron/VC)

Those that chose to stay up late and brave the cold were treated to a special once in a life time treat. Sandwiched between Thursday and Friday there was a special lunar event when the moon passed in the earth’s umbra, or shadow, for over three hours.

According to NASA the three and a half hour ‘partial lunar eclipse’ is the longest of it’s kind in a millennia.

At 11 p.m. local time the Moon entered the penumbra of Earth, casting a light shade. At midnight the partial eclipse event began. The event peaked at 2 a.m. with the ‘Blood Moon’ on full display. The red coloring coming from a effect known as Rayleigh Scattering which gives the sky its blue coloring and sunsets their red coloring. The event ended just after 5 a.m.

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