Total lunar eclipse turns the Moon blood red

Sky gazers in North and South America saw a rare total lunar eclipse on Tuesday morning - turning many people into amateur astronomers.

The Moon moved into the earth's shadow slowly turning it a bright orange colour over the course of an hour.

The moon is shown in eclipse from Los Angeles, California. Credit: REUTERS/Gene Blevins

The phenomenon is called a lunar eclipse, or a 'Blood Moon.'

A plane crosses the Moons path above Whittier, California, approximately one hour before a total lunar eclipse. Credit: AP Photo/Nick Ut

The Moon was fully eclipsed and was witnessed across the Americas by whoever looked up into the sky.

The Moon is shown in eclipse from Salt Lake City, Utah. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
Aerospace photographer William Hartenstein uses his telescope to photograph the lunar eclipse from Los Angeles. Credit: REUTERS/Gene Blevins

People also went onto Twitter to show off their photography of the unique moment:

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Many enthusiasts queued up to get buses to the Griffith Park Observatory to try and see it.

The total phase lasted around 78 minutes.

People wait in line to board shuttle buses that will transport them to the Griffith Park Observatory. Credit: REUTERS/Gene Blevins
People gather at the Chabot Space and Science Center for a glimpse of the total lunar eclipse in Oakland, California. Credit: REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Video courtesy of the Griffith Park Observatory and NASA:

YouTube user Charles Rhee said of the video he posted:

I had to setup quickly and only managed to get a few frames in before the clouds rolled in.

– misterheeus/YouTube

Tuesday's eclipse will be the first of four total lunar eclipses that will take place between 2014 to 2015.

The Earth's shadow is cast over the surface of the Moon - Tyler, Texas Credit: AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman
The Moon is seen as it begins a total lunar eclipse over Buenos Aires. Credit: REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

People also posted onto Twitter images of the red planet Mars, alongside the Moon:

The combination photograph below shows the Moon during a total lunar eclipse as seen from Mexico City.

The total lunar eclipse as seen from Mexico City. Credit: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido