Vivid views of the blood red lunar eclipse (PHOTOS)

Clouds tried to play spoiler for pre-dawn sky watchers seeking a glimpse of this morning’s total lunar eclipse. Forecasts were surely discouraging and no doubt many took a pass on a pre-dawn wake-up call.  But skies parted just enough for brief moments to allow the patient and persistent early risers to see portions of the spectacle, even in the D.C. metro region.

Kevin Wolf captured this view locally:

(Kevin Wolf via Flickr)

(Kevin Wolf via Flickr)

And John Jack Photography shared this shot, from Meridian Hill Park, in the District:

His description: The moon peeked through the red-tinted clouds just long enough to grab this shot. It wasn’t blood red anymore, but it does have some color. 

Here are pretty views from outside the region being passed around Twitter…

 

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