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Total Eclipse of the Heart Moon

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A shadow falls on the moon during a lunar eclipse seen from Vodno Mountain, south of Macedonia's capital Skopje.
(AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

I know, I know... This is LAist's second photo essay on this weekend's lunar eclipse. But I love astronomical phenomenon so much, I just couldn't resist. Besides, it was the first total lunar eclipse in three years.

According to the AP, "Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, an uncommon event because the moon spends most of its time either above or below the plane of Earth's orbit. Sunlight still reaches the moon during total eclipses, but it is refracted through Earth's atmosphere, bathing the moon in an eerie reddish light." In layman's terms, that means the moon is bathed in blood.

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Though the lunar eclipse was best visible to residents of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, it was still partially visible in North and South America.

From Johannesburg to Rome, from Nicosia to London, we present additional views of the eclipse from around the world…

The view from Big Ben in London.
(AP Photo/Sang Tan)


The view from Westminster Abbey in London.
(AP Photo/Sang Tan)


The start of the lunar eclipse over a cloudy sky in Johannesburg, South Africa.
(AP Photo/Denis Farrell)


The beginning of the lunar eclipse is observed as the moon rises near Three Fathom Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada.
(AP PHOTO/CP, Andrew Vaughan)


A five-picture combination shows various stages of a total lunar eclipse over Baghdad, Iraq, between 1:30-2:30am local time Sunday morning, March 4, 2007.
(AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)


The view from the Colosseum in Rome.
(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)


The moon over Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus.
(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)