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Photos: Last Night's Super Blood Moon Eclipse Was Stunning

Blood Moon over L.A. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Despite some cloud coverage obscuring some views around L.A., Sunday night's super blood moon lunar eclipse was still worth the wait for those who stuck it out.

The eclipse was particularly dramatic for a few reasons, which would explain why you may have seen your neighbors pointing skyward more than usual. During the eclipse—from 7:11 p.m. to 8:23 p.m. last night—the Earth cast its shadow on the moon, giving it a reddish or blood red appearance—hence the dramatic name. This eclipse also occurred when the moon was at its closest point to the Earth—also known as "in perigree"—making it appear roughly 13% larger than most full moons, making it a "super moon." The next time the two events will happen together will be 2033, reports the L.A. Times.

Some of the clearest views of the eclipse—which didn't even require a telescope—were from elevated areas around L.A. where there wasn't much artificial light. Huge crowds gathered at the Griffith Observatory where moongazers were treated to a star party complete with a Beethoven score played by LA Phil pianist Ray Ushikubo.

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Not everyone could make it to the Observatory, but they still got some stellar shots:


And, of course, palm trees were part of the view for some (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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(Photo by Ramirez_R via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

Meanwhile, some Angelenos watched the eclipse form the water:

While others checked out the blood moon from Mulholland Drive:

And others watched from North Hollywood:

And from San Pedro:

Others provided their own soundtrack for a timelapse of the eclipse:

There were also some great views from the Mt. Wilson Observatory:

And some caught a good look from Angel Stadium:

And others saw it from, well, somewhere near a Joshua Tree:

Some people even made L.A.-centric wishes on the blood moon:

In other parts of the city, cloud coverage—and possibly smog—disappointingly blocked the view for some people, or at least made it less dramatic than they hoped:

Even with the cloud coverage, the moon still looked pretty cool for some:

You can also catch the full experience—complete with Beethoven score—by watching the Griffith Observatory's coverage: