Sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere turns the Moon reddish-orange during a lunar eclipse.
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Eclipse photo courtesy Andy Steere; diagram courtesy NASA/Tony Phillips.
Eclipse of the Moon in October 2004
News story originally written on October 27, 2004
There will be an eclipse of the Moon on Wednesday
night, October 27, 2004 (or during the wee hours of the morning on the 28th
if you are in Europe or
Africa). This eclipse is a total eclipse of the Moon, which means the Moon will
During the eclipse, the Moon will turn into a "pumpkin moon" - just in time
for Halloween! Earth's shadow makes the Moon dark during an eclipse.
However, even the darkest part of Earth's
lets a little light through. The light that
does get through
through Earth's atmosphere, which scatters away any light that isn't red.
That's why the Sun looks red at sunset, too.
The main part of the eclipse will last about 80 minutes. Check out the link
site (below) to find out when the eclipse can be seen from where
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