Astronomy magazine podcast: Total lunar eclipse

Astronomy Senior Editor Rich Talcott discusses the August 28 total lunar eclipse.
By | Published: August 23, 2007 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Lunar eclipse (March 3, 2007)
Anthony Ayiomamitis
August 23, 2007
The spectacular eclipse occurs the morning of August 28. Circumstances favor observers west of the Mississippi, who missed out on the March lunar eclipse. Better still, this event marks the first central lunar eclipse since 2000.

A central eclipse is one where part of the Moon passes through the center of Earth’s shadow. This results in a longer-lasting eclipse, and it likely will result in a more darkly colored Moon at totality. The Moon’s northern edge passes through the shadow’s center, which means its northern half will look noticeably darker than its southern half.

In this week’s show, Rich Talcott explains what happens during a lunar eclipse.

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