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December 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Clouds part for a view of the total lunar eclipse

This photo was taken at about 6:15 a.m. from the bluff above the mouth of the Snohomish River in Everett. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

A total lunar eclipse was visible in the Puget Sound region this morning as clouds stayed low on the horizon during the most colorful stages.

Just before 5 a.m. in Seattle, the Earth’s shadow began creeping across the full moon as the Earth lined up directly between the moon and sun. Just after 6 a.m., the Earth’s shadow fully covered the moon. It darkened some and was cast in copper from the sun’s rays bending around the Earth’s atmosphere.

For those who missed it, don’t fret. It’s not a once-in-a-lifetime event. The next lunar eclipse visible in the U.S. will be in April 2014.

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