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Astronomy fans await total lunar eclipse

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Astronomy fans await total lunar eclipse
The 1997 total eclipse of the moon seen in Cologne. Photo: DPA
09:36 CEST+02:00
There will be a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday night, with fabulous views of the Moon reddening, disappearing and then reappearing expected across Germany.

The Moon will seem red and shimmering when it rises at around 9 pm, before it starts to disappear in the shadow created by the Earth which will be directly between the Sun and Moon. The so-called totality will occur between 9:22 pm and 11:03 pm.

The initial phenomenon – often described as a blood moon – is created by the long-wave light reaching it from the sun having passed through the earth's atmosphere before reaching the Moon.

Usually even when there is a red-coloured moon, it passes above or below the earth's shadow. The confluence of full moon and eclipse as well as reasonable weather for sky-watching in much of Germany should grant millions a night-time spectacle.

Experts say people wishing to see the total eclipse should seek out a southwest facing spot as high up as possible.

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