Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Earth's Shadow to Blanket Orb

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Earth's Shadow to Blanket Orb

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North America has a ringside seat Thursday night for a total eclipse of the moon for the first time since 1996. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. This happens only during a full moon when the Earth is between the moon and sun. During a total lunar eclipse, the moon is completely covered by the Earth's shadow.

Unlike solar eclipses, eclipses of the moon can be viewed safely with the naked eye, binoculars or telescopes.

The disk of the full moon will have the first visible "bite" taken out of it by the Earth's shadow shortly after 10 p.m. About an hour later, totality begins as the moon is completely engulfed by the shadow. Totality lasts for about 1 hour, 20 minutes. The moon will then continue to slide out of partial darkness with the eclipse ending at about 1:26 a. …

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