DESPITE heavy cloud cover WA stargazers had the best view of a total lunar eclipse early this morning.
The eclipse began at 1.25am, but the event became obvious to viewers after 2.23am, as the Earth’s shadow slowly ate away at the moon.
Not only did the eclipse see the moon entirely in shadow by 3.22am, but it also appeared blood-red – a spectacle enhanced by the volcanic ash cloud sweeping over WA.
The total eclipse ended at 5.03am, with the moon fully visible again by 6.02am.
Local photographer Paul Pichugan (Nine News’ favourite uncredited source) braved the cold and went up to Wedge Island in search of the best vantage point and came back with some neat photos: