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Photos: Early risers witness lunar eclipse's 'blood moon'

Early risers across the Americas and evening viewers in much of Asia were treated to a stunning lunar eclipse Wednesday, though clouds obscured it for some.

Lucky ones saw the moon turn orange or red in what is known as a "blood moon." The hue results from sunset-hued light scattering off Earth's atmosphere.

Astronomer Geoff Wyatt at the Sydney Observatory in Australia called it "very spectacular." The clouds blocked the view at times, but he said the moon turned a "lovely reddish brown."

In Japan, clear skies turned partly cloudy as the eclipse progressed, but people gathered on the rooftops of skyscrapers in Tokyo saw the moon turn a rusty brown when the clouds cleared.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and moon, hiding at least part of the moon in its shadow.