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Blood moon 2022: Photos show moon turning rusty shades of red

On Tuesday morning, early risers watched as an ominous blood moon seeped into the horizon.

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A blood moon framed by a U.S. flag blowing in the wind on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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J. David Ake/AP

The moon sets behind the Statue of Freedom on top of the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington, D.C.

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Stefani Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

The blood moon is seen from the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va.,

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Photo by Kevin Ambrose/Photo by Kevin Ambrose

Sky watchers across Central America, Asia, Australia, the Pacific islands and parts of South America had the opportunity to gaze at the red moon in all its glory.

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Shanghai.

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Bangalore, India.

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The moon over the Yongdingmen Gate Tower in Beijing.

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Mark R Cristino/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

People watch as a full moon rises ahead of a total lunar eclipse in Stanwell Park, Australia on November 8, 2022.

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Dean Lewins/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

A surfer rides a wave with the eclipse overhead in Australia.

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Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Photos from across the world showed the moon turning rusty shades of red — a phenomenon that occurs when the moon is in a total eclipse.

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This combination of images shows the progression of a blood moon over the skies of Tokyo.

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Total lunar eclipses only happen during full moons when the Earth completely shields the moon from the sun. Once the sun, Earth and the moon are exactly aligned, light from simultaneous sunrises and sunsets around the Earth project onto the moon, briefly casting a coppery-red coat on its surface.

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The eclipse is seen in Melbourne, Australia.

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The moon began to slip behind the Earth at 3:02 a.m. Eastern time. By 4:09 a.m., the partial eclipse caused the moon to look like there was a bite taken out of its surface.

At 5:17 a.m., the moon began touting its red cloak in total eclipse. Viewers watched the spectacle for just under 90 minutes.

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A total lunar eclipse is seen in Beijing, China on November 8, 2022.

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A group uses a telescope to watch the lunar eclipse in Surabaya, Indonesia.

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This is the second time the moon was draped in red this year. In any given year there are a minimum of two lunar eclipses and a maximum of four, Geoff Chester, an astronomer and public affairs officer at the U.S. Naval Observatory, told The Washington Post. If there are two in one year, both tend to be total lunar eclipses.

“Twice a year, somebody somewhere on the planet will see a total lunar eclipse if it’s a year where we have two eclipses,” Chester said.

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Sky observers use a telescope to view the total lunar eclipse in Manila, Philippines.

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A man uses a smartphone to take picture of a blood moon through telescope during a total lunar eclipse in Goyang, northwest of Seoul, on November 8, 2022.

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This total lunar eclipse marked the last time the moon would be bathed in red until 2025.

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The moon seen past Christmas lights in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Matias Delacroix/AP

A family takes turns to view phases of a total lunar eclipse through a telescope in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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Rolex Dela Pena/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Students of a Islamic school offer prayers during the blood moon in Ajun, Indonesia's Aceh province.

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The Moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse above NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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