Blood moon: Photos from the islands

Taken from St Helier

Those looking to the Channel Islands' skies last night were treated to a rare sight.

A total lunar eclipse took place in the early hours of this morning.

It coincided with a 'Super Moon' - meaning the moon appeared at its largest and closest - and a 'Harvest Moon' - the full moon that is nearest to the time of the autumn equinox.

When totally eclipsed, the Moon became a dark, deep red colour. It's caused by sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere and impinging on the lunar surface – essentially a projection on the Moon of the red sunrise and sunset glows around the Earth.

Credit: Mark Fox
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