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Total lunar eclipses: 'Blood moon' is first of four [Infographic]

Tonight's total lunar eclipse is among the astronomical highlights of 2014, visible across the entire continental U.S. Just after midnight, the eclipse will begin, and the moon will be completely shaded by Earth. The last time this happened was December 2011.

The good news for sky watchers is we'll have another one in October. This so-called blood moon is the first of four lunar eclipses with no partial eclipses in between. Read more about the "blood moon" and the tetrad of eclipses in the infographic below.

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Infographic The first of four lunar eclipses

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