IYL 2015 Images

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    Lunar Eclipse 1.25 light seconds

    When the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth, a lunar eclipse occurs. During such an event, light from the Sun still reaches the Moon. However, before sunlight reaches the Moon, it must pass through dense layers of the Earth's atmosphere. When this happens, the light is scattered by molecules of air and other small particles in the atmosphere. The shorter, or bluer, wavelengths of light are more affected by this, so mainly only the red part of sunlight reaches the Moon. This is why the Moon appears to be orange or red during a lunar eclipse. This multiple-exposure image was taken during a lunar eclipse on July 16, 2000.
    Image Credit: Akira Fujii/Ciel et Espace
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    Total Solar Eclipse

    A total solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon that happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth in just the right alignment, blocking the light from the Sun to certain places on Earth. Some people, often called "eclipse chasers," will travel to virtually any spot on the globe to experience a solar eclipse. Totality is when the shadow of the Moon blocks the entire disk of the Sun, leaving only its outer layer (corona) visible. This solar eclipse was photographed from Kastamonu, Turkey in August of 1999 at approximately 2:25 pm local time.
    Image Credit: Dan Schechter
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