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PHOTOS: First in Series of 'Blood Moon' Lunar Eclipses Captured

The first total lunar eclipse since 2011 graced the night sky into early Tuesday morning. Dubbed a 'blood moon' for the reddish-orange glow it takes on during the eclipse, it is the first of four lunar eclipses that will happen in approximate six-month intervals.

When eclipses occur this close together, they are called a tetrad. The next eclipse in this tetrad will be on Oct. 8, with two more to follow in 2015.

The hue of the moon is a result of the sun's light reflecting through the Earth's atmosphere as the planet comes between its celestial satellite and the sun.

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Fans on our AccuWeather Astronomy page were quick to send in their photos of the event last evening and this morning. See some of their images below.

A brilliant shot of the eclipse captured in Salt Lake City. (Facebook/Harish Narendar)