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Are You Ready for the Lunar Eclipse?

Mother Nature is serving up a treat Sunday night-into-Monday morning (depending on your time zone). This lunar eclipse, or the Blood Moon, will be the last one visible in the United States until hope for clear skies and get outside!

Why is it called a "Blood Moon?" From During a lunar eclipse, a full moon's bright facade will change. As the moon enters Earth's shadow, all of the moon (or a section of it in the case of a partial eclipse) will turn a rusty color. Sunlight scatters to produce the red colors of sunset and sunrise when it enters Earth's atmosphere at a particular angle.  When the lunar eclipse begins, the bright moon dims as it enters the outer part of Earth's shadow, called the penumbra. The deep tint of a full lunar eclipse is visible once the moon enters the deepest part of Earth's shadow, or umbra. The bright-red color appears once the moon is fully engulfed in the shadows, and it's the reason "blood" moon is a popular moniker for lunar eclipses. 

The eclipse will peak shortly after midnight in the Eastern Time Zone (wee hours of Monday the 21st), or around 9:15pm Sunday night in the Pacific Zone.

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