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Red Moon Triple

Some thought of baseball and some thought of Halloween during October 27th's widely
viewed total lunar eclipse. Sliding through Earth's shadow, the Moon turned haunting
shades of red and orange during the eclipse's total phase. The reddish hues are caused
by sunlight scattered and refracted by the atmosphere into the Earth's otherwise dark
central shadow region. Enjoying the show from Dunkirk, Maryland, USA, astronomer Fred
Espenak recorded the images used in this composite photo. The picture shows the Moon at
the beginning (right), middle (center) and end (left) of totality which lasted about 81
minutes. Though lunar eclipses can occur twice a year, this eclipse is perhaps remarkable
for being the first total lunar eclipse to occur during a World Series baseball game.