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THERE was a 'blood moon' on the rise tonight as parts of Australia enjoyed the celestial spectacle of the lunar eclipse. 

The East Coast of Australia was set to experience among the best views of tonight's lunar event, but unfortunately cloudy skies got in the way for many stargazers.

Depending on location however, others were lucky enough to experience the spectacle in full view. 

The total lunar eclipse, the second for the year, saw the Earth pass between the sun and the moon. 

The first blood moon event in a series of four happened on April 14-15. 

Historically speaking the lunar events, helped man to prove the case that the earth was in fact round and not flat. 

The brilliant shade of red cast over the Moon is due to the refraction of light from the sun through the Earth's atmosphere.  

If viewed from the moon the Earth would be cast in complete shadow during the alignment. 

Asia experienced the blood moon rising in the night sky, while in North and South America it was visible in great detail throughout the changing phases of the moon. 

Two more two lunar eclipses are set to occur on April 4 and September 28, 2015.

WEDNESDAY 2PM: STARGAZERS will tonight get the opportunity to witness a total lunar eclipse, with the lining up of three celestial bodies - the sun, the moon and the earth.

The best view will be in the north-eastern sky from around 8pm.

As the eclipse begins at 8.15pm, the earth's circular shadow will creep across the face of the moon, which will look as though a great bite has been taken from it.

The earth's shadow will fully cover the moon from 9.25pm.

At the eclipse's totality, all the red sunsets and sunrises around the earth will project their red light onto the moon.

The moon will peek back into sunlight at 10.25pm and move out of the earth's shadow over the next 70 minutes.

Mid North Coast astronomer David Reneke said viewers of the night sky would see the moon turn an eerie reddish glow.

"This is due to sunlight being filtered by the earth's polluted atmosphere falling on the moon," David said.

"Airborne ash from the recent volcanic eruptions and existing airborne pollution will likely add to the darkening effect."

The next two eclipses will occur on April 4 and September 28, 2015.

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