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See the Blood Moon Through the Eyes of the Stars

In case you missed it, here are 13 breathtaking photos of last night's lunar eclipse—also known as a "blood moon."

Apr 15, 2014 | 03:54 PM

Last night, people all over the world were given a rare treat from mother nature—the blood moon.

Image credit: TIME

Science lovers and romantic skywatchers alike had their eyes on the heavens to witness this amazing event, which even caused a "viewing frenzy" at Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles.

Also known as a lunar eclipse, the blood moon occurs when the moon passes directly behind the Earth and is covered by its shadow. The moon appears to us to be red because light from the sun must pass through Earth's atmosphere before it reaches the moon, scattering the light's shorter wavelengths (shades of purple) so only the longer are perceived.

If you fell asleep too early last night to witness this beautiful event, worry not: Celebrity stargazers like Alexis KnappLucas GrabeelNikki Reed, and Nina Dobrev, didn't mind staying up past their bedtimes for you. Here are their amazing photos of the blood moon:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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