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Red Moon Triple

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Red Moon Triple


Some thought of
baseball and some thought of
Halloween during
October 27th's widely viewed total lunar eclipse.

Sliding through Earth's shadow,
the Moon turned haunting shades of red and
orange during the eclipse's total phase.

The reddish hues are caused by
scattered and refracted
by the atmosphere into the Earth's otherwise dark
central shadow region.

Enjoying the show from Dunkirk, Maryland, USA, 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.

Though lunar eclipses
twice a year, this eclipse
is perhaps remarkable for being the first total lunar eclipse
to occur during a World Series baseball game.

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