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Beautiful, Haunting Photos Of Last Night's Blood Moon Eclipse

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Angelenos were in luck last night and got the chance to catch a clear-skies view of the "blood moon" lunar eclipse. It was the first time the blood moon was visible in the U.S. since 2011. And yes, there were plenty of "Bad Moon Rising" references.

People gathered at Griffith Observatory, which was open late until 2 a.m., to check out the eclipse. The L.A. Times reported that onlookers howled at the moon there. For those who might have missed seeing the red-hued moon (because some of us can't stay up past midnight on a weeknight, which is when the eclipse peaked), we have some pics taken from L.A. so you don't feel too left out.

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And in case you're wondering, the blood moon gets its color from when the earth moves between the sun and the moon, causing light to spread out to different points from the planet's sunrises and sunsets and bounce onto the moon's surface, according to the Times.

However, don't be too upset if you didn't get to see the blood moon on Monday. NPR reported that there will be three more in the next year—on Oct. 8, April 4, 2015 and Sept. 28, 2015.

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