Brief lunar eclipse

red moon

Sky-gazers in parts of the Pacific Rim observed an “unusually brief” total eclipse of the Moon on Saturday night, with the rare red-tinged satellite glimpsed from Japan’s far north to the Hollywood Hills.

The eclipse — which occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are lined up so that the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow — was seen in northern Japan, parts of Australia, and parts of western North America.

The partial eclipse began at 7:15 pm (1015 GMT) in Japan and at around 8:54 pm, the moon was to be fully covered by the Earth’s umbral shadow, according to the country’s National Astronomical Observatory.

US-based Sky and Telescope magazine described the eclipse as “unusually brief”.