The longest total lunar eclipse in a decade occurred yesterday, June 15th. During the eclipse, the Earth's shadow completely covered the Moon for one hour and 40 minutes and partially covered it for three hours and 40 minutes. The path that the Moon took through Earth's shadow was almost directly through the shadow's center, making for the longest possible path and therefor the longest duration. On June 15, Earth's shadow started to darken the moon at 18:23 universal time (UT) (2:22 p.m. Eastern Time).
Partial eclipse began: 18:23 UT
Total eclipse began: 19:23 UT
Greatest eclipse: 20:13 UT
Total eclipse ended: 21:03 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 22:02 UT
During this time, stargazers had a rare opportunity to catch the eerie orange-red glow radiating from the moon and darkening much of the Eastern Hemisphere. During a total lunar eclipse, Earth blocks the direct light from the sun. But, some indirect light passing through Earth's atmosphere still manages to reach the moon and, due to Earth's atmosphere, the remaining light is reddened.
Here's a look at some of the photos from yesterday's lunar eclipse: