Although clouds ruined the spectacle in many parts of Japan, a partial lunar eclipse was visible in the clear skies over Sapporo, Hokkaido, on the night of June 4.
Observers gathered atop the 62-meter high Mount Moere in Moerenuma Park to get a clear view of the breathtaking nighttime event.
The moon began waning at around 7 p.m., and the eclipse reached its peak shortly after 8 p.m., with some 40 percent of the moon’s diameter in the Earth’s shadow.
The partial lunar eclipse marked the beginning of an eventful week for skywatchers.
On June 6, one of the rarest astronomical events may be seen in many parts of the world during the day, when Venus will transit the sun’s face. The next transit of Venus won't occur until 2117.
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