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Total Lunar Eclipse Creates “Blood Moon”

Last night’s total lunar eclipse. From total coverage (left), creating a big orange “blood moon,”  to when the earth’s shadow began to recede (right).


Whenever there’s a lunar eclipse, I always grab a camera.  Last night’s event was notable because it created a “blood moon,” which appeared very orange when the earth’s shadow obscured the sunlight that usually reflects from the moon’s surface.  According to CNN, this happens because:


“During a full lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow — the umbra. When the moon is within the umbra it gets a reddish hue because blue and green light get more easily scattered by dust particles in the atmosphere and orange and red colors remain more visible, according to NASA. Lunar eclipses are sometimes called blood moons because of this phenomenon.”


Unfortunately, I only caught part of the second half of last night’s event, but I did get a few fun snaps of both the blood moon and the brighter crescent of moonlight re-emerging as the earth’s shadow receded.  If you have any photos you’d like to share with us, we’d love to see them – please post links in the comments!



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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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