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Relive The 'Blood Moon' With These Dazzling Lunar Eclipse Photos

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.

  • A commercial airliner on approach to Reagan National Airport flies past the full moon during the eclipse.
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    A commercial airliner on approach to Reagan National Airport flies past the full moon during the eclipse.
  • A cross is seen as the full moon is illuminated by sunlight during the eclipse in Los Angeles.
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    A cross is seen as the full moon is illuminated by sunlight during the eclipse in Los Angeles.
  • The eclipse from behind a ferris wheel in Tokyo.
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    The eclipse from behind a ferris wheel in Tokyo.
  • The eclipse spotted through clouds near the Empire State Building in New York City.
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    The eclipse spotted through clouds near the Empire State Building in New York City.
  • The earth's shadow begins to fall on the moon during the eclipse, behind the Angel Moroni statue in Bogota, Colombia.
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    The earth's shadow begins to fall on the moon during the eclipse, behind the Angel Moroni statue in Bogota, Colombia.
  • The eclipse from Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of China.
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    The eclipse from Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of China.
  • The eclipse from Wuhan, Hubei province of China.
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    The eclipse from Wuhan, Hubei province of China.
  • The eclipse from Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of China.
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    The eclipse from Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of China.
  • A plane flies before the moon during the eclipse in Yokkaichi, central Japan.
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    A plane flies before the moon during the eclipse in Yokkaichi, central Japan.
  • The moon is illuminated by sunlight during the eclipse in Los Angeles.
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    The moon is illuminated by sunlight during the eclipse in Los Angeles.
  • The eclipse as seen in Qingdao, Shandong province of China.
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    The eclipse as seen in Qingdao, Shandong province of China.
  • The eclipse from Lianyungang, Jiangsu province of China.
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    The eclipse from Lianyungang, Jiangsu province of China.
  • An orange moon in the sky in Quezon City, suburban Manila.
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    An orange moon in the sky in Quezon City, suburban Manila.
  • A full moon hangs in the sky after the eclipse, in Quezon City, suburban Manila.
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    A full moon hangs in the sky after the eclipse, in Quezon City, suburban Manila.

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