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The blood moon during a total lunar eclipse in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 16th, 2022. Photo: CARL DE SOUZA / AFP
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By Sophie Wingate, PA

Skygazers were treated to a dramatic super blood moon in the early hours of Monday.

In this year’s only full lunar eclipse, the moon turned a deep coppery red as it drifted into the shadow of the Earth.

The Earth’s atmosphere bends light from the sun, bathing the moon in a red hue.

People look at the moon during a total lunar eclipse in Buenos Aires, on May 15th, 2022. Photo: Luis ROBAYO / AFP

The moon began entering the Earth’s shadow just after 2.30am, and started to darken considerably about an hour later, appearing as if it was becoming a waning crescent.

The best viewing time was between 4.29am-5.06am, when the moon was completely eclipsed.

The blood moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse in Santiago, on May 15th, 2022. Photo: MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP

The eclipse also coinciding with a supermoon, when the satellite is at its closest to the Earth during its orbit, making it appear larger and brighter than usual.

The blood moon is the first of its kind for two years.

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