Skywatchers were treated to the second -- and final -- "blood moon" of the year early Wednesday, Oct. 8, and it was quite a show (scroll down for some dazzling photos).
A "blood moon" occurs when the reddish hue from a sunset or sunrise reflects onto the moon's surface during a full lunar eclipse, making the moon appear reddish-orange.
The full eclipse started around 6:25 a.m. EDT and was visible across North and South America, Australia, and Asia. It was the second of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, called a "tetrad," between April 2014 and September 2015.
Mark your calendars for the next lunar eclipses in this tetrad, which will fall on April 4, 2015 and September 28, 2015.
— Greg Redfern (@SkyGuyinVA) October 8, 2014
Pink Moon Eclipse, it looks like Mars! pic.twitter.com/F9woMpNowr
— Dylan Cuthbert (@dylancuthbert) October 8, 2014
— Dr. Angela Orebaugh (@AngelaOrebaugh) October 8, 2014
Walking to work under a total lunar eclipse. pic.twitter.com/j34D4ALgH2
— Marc Cenedella (@cenedella) October 8, 2014