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image credit & copyright: Haitong Yu

on january 31, a leisurely lunar eclipse was enjoyed from all over the night side of planet Earth

this dramatic time-lapse image followed the celestial performance for over three hours in a combined series of exposures from Hebei Province in Northern China

fixed to a tripod, the camera records the Full Moon sliding through a clear night sky

too bright just before and after the eclipse, the Moon's bow tie-shaped trail grows narrow and red during the darker total eclipse phase that lasted an hour and 16 minutes

in the distant background are the colorful trails of stars in concentric arcs above and below the celestial equator