The Moon during a total lunar eclipse in November 1993.
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Total Lunar Eclipse
News story originally written on May 15, 2003
There will be an eclipse of the Moon on Thursday night, May 15, 2003. The shadow of the Earth will fall on the Moon, and the Moon will get dark!
The Moon will not be so dark that you can't see it. The Moon will be dark red, not black. Some sunlight goes through Earth's atmosphere and lights the Moon a little bit. Only red light gets through, so the Moon looks red.
The main part of the eclipse is about 50 minutes long. Want to know if you can see the eclipse where you live? Look at the link to NASA below to find out when to look for the eclipse.
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