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How Lunar Eclipses Work (Infographic)

What makes the moon turn dark and red? Find out in this SPACE.com infographic.
What makes the moon turn dark and red? Find out in this SPACE.com infographic.
(Image: © Karl Tate, SPACE.com Contributor)

Editor's note:  The next lunar eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse on Sept. 27, 2015. It will occur while the moon is at perigee, making it a rare Supermoon Blood Moon lunar eclipse. Such an event won't happen again until 2033.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely beneath Earth's shadow. 

Photos: The Long Total Lunar Eclipse of June 2011

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