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Blood moon rising

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GROUPS of people all around the country took to the streets last night to witness the highly-anticipated appearance of the "blood moon" - or the lunar eclipse.

Fijians joined millions of people around the world who also paused for about an hour or so to watch the moon phase from a pale white to a brownish-red colour as it moved in between clouds.

And those in Labasa, according to The Fiji Times team there, say they are lucky enough not to have endured cloudy skies throughout the moon's eclipse, as they relished the opportunity to watch the beautiful spectacle the evening offered through crystal clear skies.

 Along the Nasese seawall in Suva, cars pulled up and groups of friends and families gathered around to watch the occurrence.

Among them was former magistrate Salote Kaimacuata who joined her friends and colleagues for an evening of moon-gazing.

"I've never witnessed this in Fiji before. I tried once when I was a student in New Zealand but this is a very special moment for me," Ms Kaimacuata said.

"We just came straight from work because we heard it would be tonight (last night) and we've had a great time, it's a beautiful thing to experience and it's not something which happens often, so we thought "why not?"

She said they liked the idea that the eclipse may well be linked religiously to the Jewish Passover, adding this gave a heightened significance to the evening.





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