The Year’s Only Total Eclipse Of The Moon
The eclipse will happen Monday night on the West Coast and during the wee hours Tuesday on the East Coast. Western Europe will only see the start of the spectacle; western Asia will catch the tail end.
The moon is normally illuminated by the sun. During a total lunar eclipse, the full moon passes through the shadow created by the Earth blocking the sun’s light. Some indirect sunlight will still manage to pierce through and give the moon a ghostly color.
Since the eclipse coincides with winter solstice, the moon will appear high in the sky, a boon for skywatchers. While there have been recent volcanic eruptions, scientists on Monday said there’s not enough dust in the atmosphere to dim the eclipse.
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