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A total lunar eclipse occurs when the full moon passes through the dark umbra of the Earth's shadow. This image shows a wide-angle view of the stars around the moon during mid-eclipse. The stars come out during a total eclipse of the moon because the moon's face darkens considerably, allowing dim stars in the night sky to become visible.
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