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Lunar Eclipse Coincided With 'Blood Moon' Early Wednesday

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    Early risers were treated to the sight of a lunar eclipse that coincided with a full "blood moon."

    "Blood moons" are named for the reddish color of the moon, caused by the position of the light reflecting onto the lunar surface.

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    But it also happened during the lunar eclipse, which occurred as the full moon passed into the Earth's shadow starting at 5:15 a.m.

    Sky gazers across North America were able to see the eclipse, but those on the Pacific Coast had the best view, according to NASA.

    Special equipment wasn't necessary to view the moon as it darkened and took on a deep red/orange color; the eclipse was safe to watch with the naked eye.

    "I saw it this morning on my way to work, it looks amazing!!!" wrote Abdul Rokib H. Azhar on NBC Washington's Facebook page.

    This was the second lunar eclipse of 2014, NASA said.

    The eclipse ended as the moon began to set around 7:15 a.m.