Eclipse in Triplicate
Sliding through Earth's shadow, the Moon turned haunting shades of red and orange during October 27th's widely viewed total lunar eclipse. The reddish hues are caused by sunlight scattered and refracted by the atmosphere into the Earth's otherwise dark central shadow region. Enjoying the show from Dunkirk, Md., astronomer Fred Espenak recorded the images used in this composite photo. The picture shows the Moon at the beginning (right), middle (center) and end (left) of totality, which lasted about 81 minutes.
Credit and Copyright: Fred Espenak
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