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A Total Lunar Eclipse

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A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow. During the eclipse, as viewed from the moon, the Earth blots out the sun. An astronaut standing on the surface of the moon would see a dark Earth surrounded by a bright ring of light. The ring is caused by the sun's light shining through the Earth's atmosphere. It is this reddish-orange light that illuminates the moon during a total lunar eclipse. If not for that refracted sunlight, the moon would be completely black during a total eclipse. It was taken through my 10" Meade LX200 telescope.

This photo was taken from my backyard on the night of October 27, 2004 on Kodak Supra 400 film.

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