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Look up! Tonight's total lunar eclipse is special in at least three ways


Set your alarm clocks, sky watchers: There’s a total lunar eclipse coming in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and you don’t want to miss it.


Swetha Kannan / Los Angeles TimesThe celestial show technically begins at 2:51 a.m. PST, when the Moon moves into the pale outer shadow of the Earth, known as the penumbra.


Swetha Kannan / Los Angeles TimesIf you live on the East Coast, your best bet is to look up at 6:45 a.m. local time and watch for the Earth’s shadow to creep across the face of the moon at 6:48 a.m. EST.


That’s because some light continues to pass through the Earth’s atmosphere, even when our planet is completely covering the sun from the point of view of the moon.


Swetha Kannan / Los Angeles TimesIn fact, if you stood on the moon and looked at the Earth during a total lunar eclipse, you would see the planet as a black sphere with a ring of reddish-orange light all around it.




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