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Dec 21, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse

Total Lunar Eclipse

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, there is always a full moon the night of a lunar eclipse. Add to this a Winter solstice and you've got a very special event happening. Last night was the first night since 1638 this happened and the images of the moon are amazing.

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