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Understanding Lunar Eclipses

What can cause the full Moon to quickly darken, then glow red? A lunar eclipse: a striking display of orbital mechanics that occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow. To learn more, watch the video below.
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     Need To Know: Lunar Eclipse and LRO (id 11514)
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It's not often that we get a chance to see our planet's shadow, but a lunar eclipse gives us a fleeting glimpse, as the Earth's shadow is projected onto the full Moon over the course of a few hours. Though a lunar eclipse can be seen only at night, it's worth staying up to catch the show.  Watch this video on the NASAexplorer YouTube channel .    It's not often that we get a chance to see our planet's shadow, but a lunar eclipse gives us a fleeting glimpse, as the Earth's shadow is projected onto the full Moon over the course of a few hours. Though a lunar eclipse can be seen only at night, it's worth staying up to catch the show.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?11516
Animation Number:11516
Completed:2014-04-04
Animator:Ernie Wright (USRA) (Lead)
Video Editor:Dan Gallagher (USRA)
Producer:Dan Gallagher (USRA)
Scientist:John Keller (NASA/GSFC)
Project Support:Aaron E Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.)
Series:Narrated Movies
Goddard TV Tape:G2014-032 -- Understanding Lunar Eclipses
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Keywords:
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SVS >> Lunar
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SVS >> Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
SVS >> Eclipse
SVS >> Lunar Eclipse
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
 
 


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