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Photos: Lunar eclipse turns moon blood red over Washington, D.C.

(Kevin Ambrose)
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Beautiful clear skies presented the perfect back drop for this morning’s total lunar eclipse in the Washington, D.C.

Photographers lined the eastern edge of the Reflecting Pool as the moon slowly turned from white to coppery red. The timing of the eclipse was perfect for photography because the blue hour in Washington occurred just as the earth’s shadow covered the moon. For a few moments, the light of the moon and the sky were in balance and the Lincoln Memorial was the brightest object in the scene.

As the moon descended in the west and the sun was about to rise in the east, the moon turned from red to a faint white then disappeared just above the horizon.

Here are views from around the region from our Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook pages

Total eclipse

Partial eclipse