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Interesting Facts About Lunar Eclipses

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Did you know that today's lunar eclipse is a historical event as it's going to be the longest lunar eclipse of the century? 

The eclipse that will occur this Friday will be a total lunar eclipse - which means that the moon will be completely darkened by the Earth's shadow. Scientists have predicted that it's going to last for 1 hour and 43 minutes, so you don't want to miss it!

Lunar eclipses occur when the earth, sun and moon are aligned with each other in such a way that the earth is directly between the sun and the moon. The earth blocks all the sun's light from falling on the moon and so the moon appears dark. 

As you get ready to watch the eclipse with your friends and family, read on to discover some interesting facts about lunar eclipses. 

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The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of This Century

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What Exactly Are Lunar Eclipses?

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It Is Possible To View A Lunar Eclipse From The Moon

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Lunar Eclipses Occur Only During Full Moons

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There Are Three Types Of Lunar Eclipses

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In Ancient Times, Eclipses Were A Bad Omen

In ancient times, people did not understand the science behind an eclipse and so they would get terrified when one occurred. They believed that some dark forces were at play which caused the darkening of the sun and moon. In 1504, Christopher Colu...

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