Earth and the Moon


How long do lunar eclipses last, and how widely is a lunar eclipse visible?

Lunar eclipses tend to last for several hours, from beginning to end. Totality—the time when the Moon is in the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, and Earth blocks all direct sunlight onto the Moon—usually lasts for the better part of an hour. Any given lunar eclipse can be seen from everywhere on the planet where it is nighttime.


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