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January 17, 2000

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Total Lunar Eclipse Thursday Night

Weather permitting, residents of Victoria and the rest of North America will see a total eclipse of the moon Thursday evening. The full moon will enter the earth's shadow at 7:01 p.m., with the total eclipse beginning about an hour later at 8:05 p.m. and lasting for 77 minutes.

UVic astronomy laboratory instructor Russ Robb can explain, among other things, why the moon will take on a reddish appearance during the eclipse. The next total lunar eclipse visible from this part of the world won't be until May 16, 2003.   Media Contacts:
Russ Robb (astronomy) at (250) 721-7750.

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