Understanding Lunar Eclipses

  • Released Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:51PM
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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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  • Understanding Lunar Eclipses (ID: 2014032)
    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00AM
    Produced by - Dan Jacob