Total Eclipse of the… Moon

I had the great fortune to see the lunar eclipse last night while enjoying dinner at what is probably my favorite restaurant in the city, Mendocino. While VERY COLD, it was worth it to see the moon turn into an “orange colored sky.”

It’s kind of a rare phenomenon, actually. (Though not as rare as a solar eclipse.) ‘An eclipse of the Moon can only take place at Full Moon, and only if the Moon passes through some portion of Earth’s shadow. The shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped parts, one nested inside the other. The outer shadow or penumbra is a zone where Earth blocks some (but not all) of the Sun’s rays. In contrast, the inner shadow or umbra is a region where Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. If only part of the Moon passes through the umbra, a partial eclipse is seen. However, if the entire Moon passes through the umbral shadow, then a total eclipse of the Moon occurs.’

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