A strange total eclipse

Of nature’s greatest sky spectacles, the total lunar eclipse probably ranks sixth. It does not take one’s breath away like a solar totality, a major aurora display, an exploding meteor or bolide, a great comet or even a rich meteor shower. Nonetheless, it’s quite nice.

We get one every couple of years on average. If it’s cloudy, the clock is reset. Thus, a clear night shouldn’t be wasted if a lunar eclipse will unfold over our region.

The Moon will fully plunge into Earth’s shadow on Tuesday night, October 7. Since the event happens . . .

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