North Japan treated to total lunar eclipse

North Japan treated to total lunar eclipse
The dark-reddish hue of the eclipsed moon is seen on Saturday in Sapporo.

A total lunar eclipse, which occurs when the moon wholly enters the Earth's umbra or shadow - was observed Saturday night in the southeastern sky in parts of northern Japan.

Unfortunately, cloudy skies in the Kanto region and many areas in western Japan meant fewer people could see the characteristic reddish moon during a total eclipse.

In Sapporo, the eclipse started at 7:15 p.m., as the moon began waning from below. The total eclipse began at 8:54 p.m.

The previous total lunar eclipse on Oct. 8 last year was visible for an hour around the country as the moon took a course near the central part of the Earth's conical shadow.

This time, however, the duration time of total eclipse was short - only 12 minutes - as the moon's orbit was near the umbra's edge.

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