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Copenhagen experiences total lunar eclipse   2011-06-16 16:35:44 FeedbackPrintRSS

COPENHAGEN, June 16 (Xinhua) -- A total lunar eclipse, the longest in more than a decade, was visible over Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, on Wednesday night.

The eclipse was already underway when a full moon rose over southeast Denmark and lasted until 11:02 pm.

The totality phase of the eclipse -- the time when the moon is entirely inside the earth's shadow -- lasted 100 minutes, which is the longest since July 2000, according to Denmark's Meteorological Institute (DMI).

The eclipse was more clearly visible over the northern and eastern parts of the country. To those who saw it, the full moon appeared reddish-yellow, and particularly large and round when seen by naked eye, as it appeared low on the horizon.

However, many moon watchers were left disappointed as cloudy weather kept the eclipse hidden from observers' eyes in many parts of the country.

A lunar eclipse is caused by the earth's shadow falling on the moon's surface. This occurs when the earth orbits between the sun and the moon. Indirect sunlight from the sun can give the moon a reddish hue during an eclipse.

The total lunar eclipse in its full duration was visible across a wide swathe of the Earth, including the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Western Australia.

Editor: Fang Yang
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