Nelsonians see red over night sky

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Those still awake in the early hours of this morning may have been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a blood moon in the sky.

Blood moons are caused by a lunar eclipse, when the moon passes behind the earth lining up with the sun.

The lunar eclipse only lasted around five minutes, the shortest of the century.

Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse can be seen by most of the world. Greenland, Europe, Iceland, Africa or the Middle East did however miss out.

Nelson Live readers sent through their pictures of the night sky from Nelson.