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Last Updated: Sunday March 04 2007 11:20 GMT

Eclipse wows sky watchers

Lunar eclipse

Sky watchers across the world have been enjoying the first total lunar eclipse in more than three years.

It meant our silvery Moon turned red as the Earth blocked out the sun. The eclipse was visible in lots of different parts of the world.

Lunar eclipses happen when the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun. The Moon gets its colour from the stuff in our atmosphere.

The eclipse started at around eight o'clock on Saturday night.

Eclipses don't happen very often because the Earth's shadow usually passes above or below the moon, but it's currently in the right place to cause the colour-change.

"Best eclipse for years"

Robin Scagell, from the Society for Popular Astronomy, said that it was "one of the best lunar eclipses from Britain for years".

"It was fascinating to watch the Moon's graceful movement through the shadow of the Earth and check its coppery glow," he said.

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