Why does the moon turn red during a total lunar eclipse?

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When a lunar eclipse occurs and our lone satellite inches into Earth’s shadow, the moon’s face becomes painted red. 

Though this red hue is most striking during a total lunar eclipse, the moon gets cast in a scarlet light even during partial lunar eclipses. So why does our moon turn red and not black when bathed in Earth’s shadow?

Originally published at www.space.com

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