Skygazers with a clear view in North America and Europe were greeted with a celestial
treat in the early morning hours, as a total lunar eclipse transformed the Moon pink,
coppery or even a blood red. Coinciding with the northern hemisphere's mid-winter
solstice - for the first time in almost four centuries - the eclipse showed the Sun, the
Earth and its satellite as they directly aligned, with the Moon swinging into the cone
of shadow cast by its mother planet.
A picture taken in Manassas, Virginia, USA, shows the moon during the peak of the total eclipse