Astronomy: April’s Total Lunar Eclipse

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It's very rare to see the Moon be an almost uniform, red color; this only happens when the Moon passes through the dead center of the Earth's umbral shadow! It’s very rare to see the Moon be an almost uniform, red color; this only happens when the Moon passes through the dead center of the Earth’s umbral shadow!

Early Saturday morning the Earth will pass between the moon and the sun in the first total lunar eclipse of this year (the second will take place on September 28).

Viewers across North American, including all of the US, will have front row seats for the event.

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Observers in Alaska and Hawaii will see the total lunar eclipse from start to finish, while viewers on east coast will see only part of the moon disappear beneath Earth’s shadow. That’s because the moon will set before the moment of totality — when the sun, Earth, and moon are exactly aligned and Earth’s shadow completely eclipses the moon, turning it that iconic blood-red color.

If you’re on the US mainland, the best place…

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