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The Earth Experiences Its’ First Lunar Eclipse of 2019

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On January 20th and 21st, residents of North and South America, Europe, and West Africa had the opportunity to locate the total phase of a blood moon in the sky.

A blood moon, also known as a total lunar eclipse, happens when the sun’s light is blocked by the shadow of the Earth, causing the light to reflect off of the moon. Such an eclipse occurs approximately two to four times per year.

A lunar eclipse is only able to happen during a full moon with the Earth, moon, and sun are lined up.

While not every location was able to view the entirety of the blood moon, a partial eclipse was visible from central and Eastern Asia and Africa.

Viewers in cities such as New York, Budapest, Rome, Havana, and Buenos Aires were able to view at least part of the blood moon.

The next lunar eclipse will be a partial eclipse on July 16th of this year.

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