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<strong>Lunar eclipse February 20, 2008</strong>
A lunar eclipse happens during a full moon when it passes into the earth's shadow. The orange color is due to the small amount of light that is refracted around the Earth. An eclipse doesn't happen very...
Lunar eclipse February 20, 2008
A lunar eclipse happens during a full moon when it passes into the earth's shadow. The orange color is due to the small amount of light that is refracted around the Earth. An eclipse doesn't happen very often because the sun, earth and moon have to be in the correct plane alignment for it to occur. The next total lunar eclipse will occur in December 2010. The word "lunar" comes from the Latin word for moon, luna.
The less common "solar" eclipse happens during a New Moon when the moon passes between sun and the Earth. The moon's shadow races across the earth at 1000 miles per hour, so the time of totality (darkness) in a particular area lasts just 2 minutes or less. If the sky is clear during totality, the stars can be seen, birds roost, and insects turn in for the night! I'll bet they wonder why they got such a short nap when the area starts to lighten up again a few minutes later! :)

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