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Viewer's Guide: Total Lunar Eclipse Feb. 20


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                                       Viewer's Guide: Total Lunar Eclipse Feb. 20





Joe Rao
SPACE.com
Skywatching Columnist

On Wednesday night, Feb. 20, for the third time in the past year, the moon will become completely immersed in the Earth's shadow, resulting in a total lunar eclipse.
 
As is the case with all lunar eclipses, the region of visibility will encompass more than half of our
planet. Nearly a billion people in the Western Hemisphere, more than 1.5 billion in Europe and Africa, and perhaps another half-billion in western Asia will be able to watch weather permitting as the brilliant mid-winter full moon becomes a shadow of its former self and morphs into a glowing coppery ball.


Almost everyone in the Americas and Western Europe will have a beautiful view of this eclipse if bad weather doesn't spoil the show. The moon will be high in a dark evening sky as viewed from most of the United States and Canada while most people are still awake and about.
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