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Total eclipse of the Moon amidst the aurora borealis





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Published on Apr 15, 2014

2014-04-15 - On April 15, 2014, many early morning skywatchers were treated to total eclipse of the Moon as it passed through Earth's shadow. But few were lucky enough to see both the red Moon and the Red Planet awash in a sky full of green aurora.

The AuroraMAX online observatory captured this time-lapse video of the lunar eclipse with the dance of the northern lights near Yellowknife, NWT, Canada. As the bright full Moon wanes, Mars becomes increasingly visible to the upper right of the Moon.

AuroraMAX's live webcam streams the aurora borealis from August to May through a collaboration between the University of Calgary, the City of Yellowknife, Astronomy North and the Canadian Space Agency.

Credits: Canadian Space Agency, University of Calgary and Astronomy North

Web page to watch the auroras live:

Visit the Web site of Astronomy North for a photo gallery of the total eclipse and auroras:

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