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Americas Get Front-Row Seat for Lunar Eclipse

Updated: 04/10/2014 10:24 AM
Created: 04/08/2014 8:50 PM WDIO.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year.

Next Tuesday morning, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth's shadow. This lunar eclipse will be visible across the Western Hemisphere. The total phase will last 78 minutes.

The moon will be rising in the western Pacific, and so only the last half of the eclipse will be visible. In much of Europe and Africa, the moon will be setting, so there won't much, if anything, to see.

On April 29, the Southern Hemisphere will be treated to a rare type of solar eclipse.

Tuesday's lunar eclipse may damage a NASA spacecraft that's been circling the moon since fall. But no worries: it's near the end of its mission.

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The Earth casts its shadow across the moon's surface during the lunar eclipse as seen from Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

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