Columbia got view of 'blood moon' Tuesday morning

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 6:51 a.m. CDT; updated 6:28 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A total lunar eclipse, or "blood moon," is seen near a cooling tower at the MU power plant around 2:30 a.m. on April 15. Another lunar eclipse will occur Wednesday morning.

COLUMBIA — For those that were awake, the moon was a sight to see early Tuesday morning.

During the total eclipse of the moon, light from the sun refracts around Earth's atmosphere into the planet's shadow, casting a reddish hue over the moon. The phenomenon is known as a "blood moon," according to the National Weather Service.

It was be the first total lunar eclipse since Dec. 10, 2011, according to NASA's website. The last total lunar eclipse that was visible from North America happened on Dec. 21, 2010.

The eclipse ended at 5:37 a.m. Tuesday. The next total lunar eclipse will be Oct. 8, according to NASA.

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