What Is a Total Lunar Eclipse?

Updated: Jul 23, 2021

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and its shadow covers the Moon.

During a lunar eclipse, Earth gets in the way of the Sun’s light hitting the Moon. It means that during the night, a full moon fades away as Earth’s shadow covers it up.

The Moon can also look reddish in colour because Earth’s atmosphere absorbs the other colors while it bends some sunlight toward the Moon. Sunlight bending through the atmosphere and absorbing other colors also explains why sunsets are orange and red.

During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon is shining from all the sunrises and sunsets occurring on Earth!

The Moon appeared a reddish color during a total lunar eclipse on Jan. 21, 2019

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