Shadow on the Moon

Shadow on the Moon One Sunday, Maria heard on the radio that there was soon going to be a total eclipse of the moon. It would be the first total eclipse of the moon in three years. Earth would block all of the sun’s light from reaching the moon. The moon might turn brown, deep red, or even orange. Maria told her family about the eclipse. But no one remembered to write down when it would take place. One night some weeks later, a full moon was rising. Maria’s twelve-year-old sister, Dina, said, “I’m sure this is the night of the eclipse! I’ll watch for it.” All during dinner, Dina kept getting up to look out the window. Just as dinner finished, she called out, “Look! It’s starting.” Everyone rushed to the window. Outside, the full moon looked as though a small slice had been cut away from it. Mom ran out of the room to get the camera. Everyone else put on coats and hats. An hour later, they all stood in the yard. “It’s a good thing you looked out the window, Dina,” said Mom. By then the moon had turned dark red. “The minute I saw the moon, I knew the eclipse had to be today,” said Dina. “We learned about eclipses in school last year.” “If not for you, we would have missed it,” said Maria. “Then we would have had to wait a few more years to see one with our own eyes.” ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Duplication is restricted to licensees only.

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