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Knoxville News Sentinel, Adam Lau, Associated Press
A lunar eclipse dips beneath the Sunsphere in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The moon appears orange or red, the result of sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere. This is known as the blood moon.

TOKYO (AP) — Evening viewers in much of Asia and early risers in parts of the Americas were treated to a stunning lunar eclipse, though clouds obscured it for some.

Lucky ones saw the moon turn orange or red Wednesday in what is known as a "blood moon." The hue results from sunlight 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.