The first and only total lunar eclipse of 2001 occurred on January 9/10 when the Moon slid through the earth's shadow.
Unlike a total solar eclipse, a total lunar eclipse is visible to anyone on the night side of the planet during this event. The night for this celestial event included Europe, Asia and Africa, where the Moon could be seen immersed in the gloom or dark part of the Earth for 62 minutes and passed exactly north of the center of the shadow.
This telescopic photo of the eclipsed moon was taken near Ankara, Turkey. The fact that the northern portion (above) of the Moon is clearly brighter than the rest, shows that the earth's shadow is not uniformly dark.
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