LOS ANGELES (AP) — The total eclipse of the moon lasted only a short time, but it still dazzled.
Early risers in the western U.S. and Canada should have been able to catch a glimpse before dawn Saturday. The moment when the moon was completely obscured by Earth’s shadow lasted several minutes, making it the shortest lunar eclipse of the century.READ MORE: San Joaquin Sheriff: Alleged Law Enforcement Officer Impersonator Used Spouse’s Access Card To Get Into Secure Areas
Some skygazers complained that clouds prevented them from seeing any of the 3½-hour lunar show.
People in eastern Australia, New Zealand and Japan viewed the eclipse at night.READ MORE: Hot Weather Means NorCal Rattlesnake Season Has Arrived
The total eclipse was unusually brief because the moon passed through the upper part of Earth’s shadow. Longer eclipses occur when the moon passes through the middle of the shadow.
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