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A total lunar eclipse in 2010. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

A total lunar eclipse will grace skies around the world Wednesday.

The big picture: This is the first total lunar eclipse since January 2019, and it should be a pretty one for anyone able to see it.

What's happening: Unlike a solar eclipse, anyone with a view of the Moon during a lunar eclipse will be able to see it as it occurs.

  • For this eclipse, people in the western part of North America, South America, Australia and East Asia will be able to see the total phase of the eclipse, when the Moon turns a deep red color.
  • Unfortunately for viewers in the eastern part of North America (including myself), the total phase of the eclipse won't be visible.

What to watch: Even if you aren't in a prime area to check out the eclipse in person, multiple organizations will be livestreaming views of the cosmic event online for free.

How it works: Total lunar eclipses occur when the Moon passes into the dark shadow of the Earth.

  • "The eclipsed Moon is dimly illuminated by red-orange light left over from all of the sunsets and sunrises occurring around the world at that time," NASA said in a statement.
  • "The more dust or clouds in Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the Moon will appear."

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Bezos' Blue Origin sues NASA over lunar lander contract

Jeff Bezos holds the aviation glasses that belonged to Amelia Earhart during a press conference in July. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has filed a complaint in federal court against NASA over the agency's decision to award SpaceX a contract to build a spacecraft that will carry astronauts to the Moon's surface as part of the Artemis program.

Why it matters: The complaint is a continuation of Blue Origin's campaign against NASA's awarding of the $2.89 billion contract to SpaceX, which Bezos' company disputed with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) earlier this year.

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Biden cleans up comments about Russia invading Ukraine

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President Biden sought to clarify his suggestion that a "minor incursion" by Russia into Ukraine may not draw the same response as a large invasion, telling reporters Thursday that "Russia will pay a heavy price" if any troops cross the border.

Why it matters: Some officials in Kyiv saw Biden's comments as inviting Russian aggression.

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Study finds bias against Black patients written into medical charts

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Black patients were more than two-and-a-half times as likely as white patients to have negative descriptors about them in their electronic health record, according to a study published Wednesday in Health Affairs.

Why it matters: The study is further evidence of bias in the U.S. health care system, which can ultimately result in worse care and disparately poor outcomes.