Lunar eclipse visible across United States

People across Hutchinson, and much of North America, stood or sat outside the night of Sept. 28 to watch a lunar eclipse.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian
Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian

At the Kansas Cosmosphere, on the campus of Hutchinson Community College, Cosmosphere educators set up telescopes and gave talks during the event.

A lunar eclipse happens when the sun, Earth and moon form a straight line in space, with the Earth smack in the middle.

The sun shines on the Earth and creates a shadow.

As the moon moves deeper into that shadow, it appears to turn dark and may even appear to be a reddish color. Why red? Because Earth’s atmosphere is filtering out most of the blue light.

Viewers in Hutchinson had the good luck to have a clear night for viewing the celestial event.

People in lawn chairs, along 30th Avenue, found it to be a little bit chilly as the two-hour event neared its end. Mosquitos repellant also was needed.

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