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A super blood moon is above a mineshaft in Dortmund, western Germany. Photo: Bernd Thissen/AFP/Getty Images

The moon, Earth and sun lined up last night in a full eclipse — the last until 2021.

Why it matters: During totality, the moon looked red because of sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere — a blood moon. And in January, the full moon is also sometimes known as the wolf moon or great spirit moon, the AP reports.

Photo: Gaston De Cardenas AFP/Getty Images

This composite photo shows all the phases, as seen from Miami, Fla.

Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

This combination photo shows the totally eclipsed moon (center), and others at different stages during the total lunar eclipse, as seen from L.A.

Photo: Johnny Horne via AP

This photo, made with a 12½-inch telescope by astrophotographer Johnny Horne, shows the totally eclipsed moon, glowing with a reddish color against the background of stars over Stedman, N.C.

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58 mins ago - Health

Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

Photo: Edmund D. Fountain for The Washington Post via Getty

National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

1 hour ago - World

European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

2 hours ago - Health

Africa CDC: Vaccines likely won't be available until Q2 of 2021

Africa CDC director Dr. John Nkengasong. Photo: Mohammed Abdu Abdulbaqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Africa may have to wait until the second quarter of 2021 to roll out vaccines, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: “I have seen how Africa is neglected when drugs are available,” Nkengasong said.

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