Total Lunar Eclipse Dazzles Michiana

Total lunar eclipses are not that uncommon, but they are perhaps the easiest night sky event to watch.

Here's a quick explanation of how an eclipse works: the Earth revolves around the sun, and the moon revolves around the Earth, and every so often they are lined up exactly in a row.

The Earth blocks the sun's direct light from reaching the moon, which causes the eclipse.

The moon first passes through the outer shadow of the Earth, called the penumbra, and you start to see a slight shading on the moon.

It's not until the moon enters the dark core of the Earth's shadow, called the umbra, that we start to see the partial, and then total eclipse, before the moon starts to emerge from the other side of the Earth's shadow.

In case you missed it, you can click on the video above for a time lapse of what the eclipse looked like Wednesday evening before some clouds moved in.

The next total lunar eclipse visible here in Michiana won't occur until December 2010, so if you haven't had a chance to check it out, you have until just after midnight.


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