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Last night’s total lunar eclipse was the longest eclipse in over a decade.For 100 minutes the moon swung through the earth’s shadow from the sun in seven distinct phases.
Only three eclipses in the last 100 years have come close to the totality of this eclipse and the next one to compare won’t happen until 2141.
For a total eclipse to occur the sun, moon, and the earth must all line up perfectly and while it’s visible to all night side regions of the earth, last night’s eclipse wasn’t visible in North America.
The continental U.S. will have to wait until 2014 to witness a total lunar eclipse.
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