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A partial lunar eclipse starts when the moon first touches Earth’s shadow. This is an early evening event in North America, but it may be morning or late afternoon for those in Europe and Africa. The Moon will enter this shadow at 18:09 UTC (3:09 p.m. EDT) on Saturday, Sept. 16th, with maximum eclipse occurring just over an hour later at 19:07 UTC (4:07 p.m., EDT).

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After the lunar eclipse, Earth will cast a shadow on part of the Moon for nearly three hours. This is called “partial” because only about half of the moon’s surface enters Earth’s dark umbral shadow and appears dimmed as it passes through. The rest of the moon stays illuminated by sunlight throughout this event. The partial lunar eclipse begins when the moon first touches earth’s, or rather when our view from here on Earth crosses over to within that area where there is an obstruction in between us and it. A full lunar eclipse starts with a largely visible total phase followed by totality at night under clear skies before sunrise then ends with waning crescent phases thereafter until they are no longer observable due to their passage behind Earth (or


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