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Photographers capture lunar eclipse

The full moon turned red during lunar eclipse Tuesday morning in Gulfport. It has been more than 400 years since the last lunar eclipse at winter solstice.

Photographers across North America captured the total lunar eclipse. In Gulfport, Sun Herald photographer Tim Isbell captured the moment.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth casts its shadow on the full moon, blocking the sun's rays that otherwise reflect off the moon's surface. Indirect sunlight will still come through, however, to give the moon its red cast.

The total eclipse, when the moon was completely in shadow, lasted more than an hour.

The Associated Press reported that the last time this occurred was more than three centuries ago on Dec. 21, 1638. It will happen again on Dec. 21, 2094, according to U.S. Naval Observatory spokesman Geoff Chester.

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