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Will there be blood?

Totality means something totally different during a lunar eclipse.
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The most awesome experiences — in or out of astronomy — make silence impossible. Shouts and gasps accompany the precious minutes of totality during a solar eclipse, or a brilliantly animated aurora, or a sudden exploding meteor when it cleaves the night in a shower of sparks.

A lunar eclipse does no such thing to most people. For this reason — to avoid overselling the event — one might use an adjective like “worthy” or “favorable” rather than “mind-blowing.” Still, eclipses of the Moon are fascinating enough, and they shouldn’t be missed.

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