Total eclipse of the Moon on Tuesday

For those that have never witnessed a lunar eclipse, it is quite a sight. Unlike a solar eclipse, you can't hurt your eyes by watching the Moon. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in a nearly straight line, and the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow. We don't see an eclipse every month because the Moon's orbit is tilted about 5 degrees, and the Moon most times will pass just above or below the Earth's shadow.

The partial eclipse began at 4:51am Eastern Daylight Time. The Moon was completely in the Earth's shadow from 5:52 am to 7:23 am, but since the Moon set over Michiana at 7:12 am, it set while in total eclipse.

The Moon did not completely disappear, in fact, oftentimes during an eclipse it has a reddish-brown glow due to scattered sunlight around the Earth's atmosphere.

If you didn't get outside to see the eclipse, you can watch the full eclipse online at the website linked below.


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