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Moon - Eclipse in Triplicate Eclipse in Triplicate

Sliding through Earth's shadow, the Moon turned haunting shades of red and orange during the total lunar eclipse on October 27, 2004. The reddish hues are caused by sunlight scattered and refracted by the atmosphere into the Earth's otherwise dark central shadow region. Enjoying the show from Dunkirk, Md., 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.

Credit and Copyright: Fred Espenak