0 Today I Learned...About a Partial Lunar Eclipse

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June 26, 2010: The partial lunar eclipse as it set over Boise, Idaho and the distant Owyhee Mountains on Saturday morning. Photo credit: Jared Aicher via spaceweather.com
lunar eclipse map, NASA
This map shows where the June 26, 2010 eclipse was most visible throughout the world.
You didn't have to be "Team Edward" or "Team Jacob" to have enjoyed an eclipse on Saturday. If (unlike myself) you decided not to sleep in, you may have caught a glimpse of the partial lunar eclipse.

During a lunar eclipse, the Earth blocks out some of the sun's rays that would normally reach the moon.

The eclipse started at 10:17 Universal Time (6:17am Eastern Time) and lasted for almost 3 hours. At maximum eclipse, 53.7% of the moon was covered by the earth's shadow.

Saturday morning's celestial event was the first of two lunar eclipses in 2010; the next will be a total lunar eclipse, visible over North and South America on December 21, 2010. There will be a total solar eclipse over the South Pacific on July 11, 2010.

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