What Can Lunar Eclipses Do For Science?


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On the night of July 27, 2018, the longest total lunar eclipse for the next 105 years will be visible across parts of Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Six months later, on January 20, 2019, there will be the ‘Great American’ lunar eclipse, where totality is visible across all 50 states.

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has been studying the Moon’s surface since 2009.NASA Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio

The Moon’s journey through the Earth’s shadow produces one of the most dramatic and awe-inspiring sights in Nature. But can it help us deepen our understanding of Nature?

  • Publisher: Sky & Telescope
  • Date: 2018-07-13T10:35:21-04:00
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Total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red later this month

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will turn the moon blood red in the night sky later this month.

The July 27 eclipse will be visible for 1 hour and 43 minutes when the moon is fully engulfed in Earth’s shadow ‘ a period known as totality. This celestial show will not be visible from North America, but skywatchers in parts of South America, eastern Africa, the Middle East and central Asia will be in for an impressive event.

‘This is a really cool eclipse,’ said Noah Petro, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, adding that the event will be extra special because, ‘[t]his is going to be the longest eclipse of this century.’

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A Supermoon Will Eclipse the Sun on Friday the 13th

The moon glides in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse seen from Bogot’, Colombia, in August 2017.

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While the superstitious may avoid venturing outdoors this Friday the 13th, some lucky sky-watchers around the South Pacific may get to witness an event not seen on this spooky date in 44 years: a super-size new moon blocking out part of the sun.

On July 13, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from the southeastern coast of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand’s Stewart Island, as well as the northern coast of Antarctica. Earth has not seen a solar eclipse fall on a Friday the 13th since December 1974.

  • Publisher: Science
  • Date: 2018-07-11T11:05:58-0400
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