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Total lunar eclipse will be a Belize holiday gift for skywatchers

20 December 2010 No Comment

If you step outside late tonight into early Tuesday morning, you may notice the moon looks like a luminous rotten orange. It’s a total lunar eclipse that will be visible to everyone in North and Central America, including Alaska and Hawaii.

During a lunar eclipse, the Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon, so there is no direct sunlight to hit and reflect off the moon’s surface. The only light that reaches it is “filtered and bending through our atmosphere,” MacRobert says. That gives it the color of “all of the world’s sunrises and sunsets” together.

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