The total eclipse of the moon lasted only a short time, but it still dazzled.

Early risers in the western U.S. and Canada should have been able to catch a glimpse before dawn Saturday. The moment when the moon was completely obscured by Earth's shadow lasted several minutes, making it the shortest lunar eclipse of the century.

Some skygazers complained clouds prevented them from seeing any of the 31/2-hour lunar show.

People in eastern Australia, New Zealand, and Japan saw the eclipse at night.

The next total lunar eclipse will be in September. -AP