The Best Photos of Last Night’s Blood Moon, for Everyone Who Slept Through It

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From Miami. Photo: Joe Raedle/2014 Getty Images

While you were sleeping, the sun, the moon, and the Earth aligned perfectly for a lunar eclipse — the first of four in the next year and a half — but it wasn’t just any eclipse: As sunlight moved through the Earth’s atmosphere, it was projected as a reddish-orange glow onto the moon. That’s the dramatically named blood moon. It looked pretty awesome, but it also happened around 3 a.m. local time and was only really visible from certain places on the planet. Thank the stars for social media and professional photographers.

MySpace Tom nailed it, from near Big Sur in California:

Australia:

Los Angeles:

Minnesota:

Mexico:

The Canary Islands:

The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse from the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife on April 15, 2014. People in most of north and south America should be able to witness this year's first total lunar eclipse, which will cause a "blood moon" and is the first of four in a rare Tetrad of eclipses over the next two years. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: DESIREE MARTIN

It begins:

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 15: The moon is seen as it heads into a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. People in most of north and south America should be able to witness this year's first total lunar eclipse, which will cause a 'blood moon' and is the first of four in a rare Tetrad of eclipses over the next two years. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Photo: Joe Raedle/2014 Getty Images

The peak, in Melbourne, Australia:

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 15: The moon is seen as it emerges from a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. People in most of north and south America should be able to witness this year's first total lunar eclipse, which will cause a 'blood moon' and is the first of four in a rare Tetrad of eclipses over the next two years. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Photo: Scott Barbour/2014 Getty Images

And the end:

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 15: The moon is seen as it emerges from a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. People in most of north and south America should be able to witness this year's first total lunar eclipse, which will cause a 'blood moon' and is the first of four in a rare Tetrad of eclipses over the next two years. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Photo: Joe Raedle/2014 Getty Images

If you’ve been inspired to use your actual eyes, the next lunar eclipse is October 8. Set your smartphones.