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More colorful moon to shine at dusk on July 15?

15 Jul 2011, 08:01 UTC
More colorful moon to shine at dusk on July 15?
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The moon will look plenty full and colorful as it climbs over the eastern horizon at dusk. It'll actually be past full moon, though it'll be hard to tell.

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The moon will look plenty full as it climbs over the east-southeast horizon at evening dusk tonight. It’ll actually be past full moon and a waning gibbous moon, though it’ll be hard to tell. The moon will rise later than it did yesterday, so it might appear more colorful at evening dusk tonight. Watch for it to rise shortly after sunset.
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