Lunar eclipse and 'blood moon' as seen from Hwy. 46 West

April 15, 2014 

This composite image made from seven separate images shows the stages of the April 2014 lunar eclipse from full moon to total eclipse as seen from Hwy. 46 West of Paso Robles. The times of the photos are 10:36 p.m., left, 10:58 p.m,. 11:14 p.m., 11:26 p.m., 11:44 p.m., 11:56 p.m., and 12:21 a.m.

JOE JOHNSTON — jjohnston@thetribunenews.com Buy Photo

Tribune photographer Joe Johnston spent the nighttime hours of Monday, April 14, 2014 on Highway 46 West in Paso Robles to document the total lunar eclipse in a series of photographs.

His composite image was made from seven separate images showing the stages of the eclipse from full moon to total eclipse. The times of the photos are 10:36 p.m., 10:58 p.m., 11:14 p.m., 11:26 p.m., 11:44 p.m., 11:56 p.m., and 12:21 a.m.

The eclipse was visible across the Western Hemisphere. The total phase lasted 78 minutes, beginning at 12:06 a.m. and ending at 1:24 a.m.

Even though the moon was in the Earth's shadow, it appeared reddish orange because of light around the edges of the Earth — essentially sunrises and sunsets — splashing on the lunar surface and faintly lighting up the moon.

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