Lunar eclipse expected April 15

ELLSWORTH — At 1:20 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, astronomers and stargazers hope to witness a total lunar eclipse in which the Earth’s shadow will slowly move across the moon’s face.

At first, the moon will appear a little darker than normal, “but eventually people will notice a much darker arc moving across the moon with a distinct rusty reddish-brown color,” astronomer Gerald McKeegan, speaking on behalf of the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, Calif., told USA Today. The red color is caused by sunlight refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere.

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