Under a blood red sky

A lunar eclipse over Southern California turns into a red moon on April 15. (Frederic J.  Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

A total lunar eclipse took over the night sky early Tuesday. Stargazers were treated to the “blood moon” as it moved into the Earth’s shadow. Today’s eclipse is the first of four lunar eclipses coming between 2014 and 2015. Here are some of this morning’s best pictures:

An airliner crosses the moon’s path above Whittier, Calif., approximately one hour before the total lunar eclipse.  (Nick Ut/AP)

The eclipse as seen in Los Angeles. (Gene Blevins /Reuters)

Anthony Barreiro of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers peers into his telescope in anticipation of the total lunar eclipse at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, Calif. (Stephen Lam/Reuters)

The view from Tyler, Tex. (Scott M. Lieberman/AP)


The moon is shown in eclipse in Brasilia, Brazil. ( Ueslei Marcelino /Reuters)

The view from Buenos Aires. (Marcos Brindicci/Reuters)

The moon over the Angel of Independence Monument in Mexico City. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

The “blood moon” rises over Melbourne, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The moon is halfway through a lunar eclipse over Southern California. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)



View Photo Gallery —Incredible photos of space taken this year.


Nick Kirkpatrick is a digital photo editor at The Washington Post. Follow him on Instagram or on Twitter.



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