lunar ecllipse

lunar ecllipse

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  • I just came back from my soccer game. Besides, how could I miss the lunar eclipse that's happening today?!
  • I didn't know you were in town today!! What brought you back to this old town?
  • A lunar eclipse is when earth blocks the sun from the moon and it´s umbra completely covers the moon. The umbra is the darkest shadow that casts a shadow on Earth. 
  • I've heard of that before but what is it exactly? 
  • Yep, you learn fast. Here I think it's about to happen c'mon!!!
  • That's so cool! That means the geometry of a lunar eclipse goes Sun, Earth Moon or SEM! I never knew that before!
  • We see the total lunar eclipse right now because it's night time. But, sometimes a partial lunar eclipse hapeens when the Earth cannot completely block the light from the moon . The moon only partially passes through the umbra. 
  • Oh, I forgot about that! We don't have lunar eclipses every month because the moon´s orbit it tilted as it moves around Earth. This makes it difficult for the moon or  Earth to cast shadows on each other. 
  • That's amazing but how come we don't see lunar eclipses every month, even when we have full moons every month too? 
  • That's interesting for sure. It doesn't require glasses either because it's at night time! Well, we have to go home before mom does. Let's go! 
  • And one last thing,The moon appears red during a lunar eclipse because as sunlight passes through our atmosphere, the gases bend the light around Earth like a prism would. Longer wavelengths of light, like red are seen while blue is hidden or scattered. 
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