Total lunar eclipse casts red hues over ‘super flower blood moon’ in Western U.S.

For the first time in two years, parts of the Lower 48 states were treated a total lunar eclipse early Wednesday morning. The total eclipse, only visible where skies were clear in the western United States, turned the moon a rusty red as the Earth passed between the moon and sun, casting a shadow over the moon’s surface.Some referred to the event as a “super flower blood moon,” making reference to its apparent size in the sky, the abundance of blooms at this time of year and the moon’s color during the eclipse. 
Eclipses occur when one celestial object blocks another, casting a shadow known as an “umbra.” During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, plunging our planet’s landscape into a nocturnal darkness. Lunar eclipses, which are much more widely seen, result when Earth blocks sunlight from reaching the moon.