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In pics: 'Blood moon' awes stargazers

During the total lunar eclipse, light beams into Earth's shadow, filling it with a coppery glow that gives it a red hue. The early phase of the eclipse began at 0800 GMT, or 4am, on the east coast of the United States.

world Updated: Oct 09, 2014 13:16 IST

Stargazers in the Americas and Asia were treated to a lunar eclipse Wednesday, a celestial show that bathed the moon in a reddish tint to create a "blood moon."

During the total lunar eclipse, light beams into Earth's shadow, filling it with a coppery glow that gives it a red hue.

The early phase of the eclipse began at 0800 GMT, or 4am, on the east coast of the United States.

NASA provided live footage via telescope of the eclipse, showing a black shadow creeping across the moon in a crawl that took about an hour.

In Hong Kong, free viewing locations were set up on a harborside promenade by the Hong Kong Space Museum for the public to observe the various phases on telescopes.

In Tokyo's Roppongi fashion and entertainment district, enthusiasts performed yoga exercises under the blood moon. Many others had climbed atop the city's skyscrapers to view the sky.

On Australia's east coast, a live video feed set up by the Sydney Observatory was hit by cloud cover, thwarting some viewers.

In New Zealand, the moon will be close to its highest point in the sky, according to Auckland's Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, making for a view of the spectacle unobstructed by buildings.

In Hong Kong, hundreds of patient onlookers of all ages lined the harborfront promenade late Wednesday hoping for a glimpse of the eclipse.

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The moon is illuminated by sunlight reflected off the Earth during a total lunar eclipse, one of four so-called 'blood moons', on Wednesday in Los Angeles, California. (AFP Photo)

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A plane flies across the moon at the beginning of a total lunar eclipse in Yokkaichi, central Japan, on Wednesday. (AFP Photo)

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The moon is pictured moments after a total lunar eclipse, from Encinitas, California on Wednesday. (Reuters)

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A lunar eclipse appears above Wade, N.C. in a picture made through an amateur astronomer's 8-inch telescope on Wednesday. (AP Photo)

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The Earth's shadow is cast over the moon during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from beneath the Sunsphere in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday. (AP Photo)

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A passenger airliner crosses the full moon, also known as the Hunter's Moon, a few hours prior to the beginning of a total lunar eclipse that will create an effect known as the Blood Moon, in Whittier, Ca., on Tuesday evening. (AP Photo)

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A passenger airliner crosses the full moon in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday. (AP Photo)

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The moon is pictured behind a ferris wheel on the pier in Santa Monica, California after a total lunar eclipse, also known as a "blood moon", Wednesday. (Reuters)

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The moon is pictured behind a ferris wheel on the pier in Santa Monica, California after a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday.(Reuters)

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The moon turns orange during a total lunar eclipse behind the CN Tower and the skyline during moonset in Toronto on Wednesday. (Reuters)