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A sequence of images shows the progression of the lunar eclipse, captured by photographer Mike Massee from Tehachapi, Calif. (Mike Massee Photo)

Cloudy weather blocked Seattle’s view of last night’s “super blue blood moon” — but as a consolation, skywatchers from Vancouver to Siberia shared their images of the total lunar eclipse.

Total lunar eclipses arise when Earth’s shadow falls fully over the moon, and the long-wavelength light that’s refracted by our planet’s atmosphere turns the full moon’s disk a sunset-like shade of red.

Last night’s event received an extra burst of hype because it took place during a time when the moon is closer to Earth than usual (qualifying by some definitions as a “supermoon”), and because it was the second full moon in the course of a month (a so-called “blue moon”).

Putting all these features together results in the super-blue-blood label, which NASA readily adopted. “Sounds like an opportunity for vampires,” University of Washington astronomer Julie Lutz joked.

Whatever you call it, the lunar eclipse is totally worth a recap …

Hits from around the world, including an enhanced view from Vancouver, B.C.:

Notable misses from the Seattle area:

And a parting shot from California:

Fading eclipse
In the latter stages of the lunar eclipse, a twilight moon shares the spotlight with a railway signal in Tehachapi, Calif. (Mike Massee Photo)

If you missed the total lunar eclipse — or, more likely, slept through it between 5 and 6 a.m. PT — another one is due to be visible from all of North and South America on Jan. 20, 2019.

That eclipse will be at a more sensible hour, starting at 8:41 p.m. PT, and we’ll have almost a year to do something about the Northwest’s inconveniently cloudy weather.

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