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PHOTOS: Lunar Eclipse Tints Moon With Rare Copper Glow

A rare astronomical event, a lunar eclipse or blood moon, dotted skies across the world with a copper, glowing moon on Oct. 8.

The spectacle is also known as a blood moon because of the red color that is cast upon it by light refracting in Earth's atmosphere.

According to Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman, the best viewing conditions were at 6:15 a.m. EDT. However, those who missed the event or want to relive it through a powerful telescope can watch the eclipse unfold through Slooh's footage from various locations around the world.

Slooh airs astronomy events live from around the world using community telescopes to allow people to view events even if they are not visible in their region due to cloudy skies or storm systems that can hinder clear viewing conditions.

This was marked as the second of four consecutive blood moons to be visible in the United States during a two-year time span. Berman said that total eclipses are rare for the U.S.

"It's not that often that we get a total eclipse from the United States; sometimes we go years between getting them," Berman said, adding that it is a very unusual situation.

During Wednesday's celestial event, the moon lined up with the Earth and the sun, becoming progressively redder between 5:15 a.m. EDT when it entered Earth's shadow and 6:25 a.m. EDT when it become totally eclipsed. Stargazers on the West Coast and East Coast saw the eclipse unfold at the exact same time, but the moon was lower in the sky in the East as the moon began to set while it was eclipsed. For those in the East, a clear westward vantage point was needed to catch the final moments before moonset and sunrise.