A combination of 10 pictures shows the moon in different stages of a total lunar eclipse seen from the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife on Tuesday. People in most of north and south America were able to witness this year's first total lunar eclipse, which caused a "blood moon" and is the first of four in a rare Tetrad of eclipses over the next two years.
The total lunar eclipse of April 15 lasted about 3.5 hours between late Monday and early Tuesday, with the Earth's shadow slowing darkening the face of the so-called "Blood Moon" in a jaw-dropping sight
The next total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur on October 8, followed by another on April 8, 2015, and the last total lunar eclipse of the current tetrad on September 28, 2015.
The eclipse was the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, known as a "tetrad," between April 2014 and September 2015.
The picture combo shows the moon before (L), during (C) and after (R) total eclipse over southern California as seen from Korea town (west of downtown ) Los Angeles early on Tuesday. The entire event was visible from North and South America, but sky watchers in northern and and eastern Europe, eastern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia were out of luck, according to NASA
The total lunar eclipse turned the moon red. It was the first time the Earth, moon and sun have been in exact alignment for two and a half years. Tuesday’s eclipse will be the last full lunar eclipse visible from the United States until 2019, NASA said. (THE PIC) The 'blood moon' seen during the total lunar eclipse over an American city.