The moon is in eclipse. #eclipse #moon #astronomy #stargazing
Light scattered by the Earth’s atmosphere as our home world eclipses the Sun.
Actually, if you read the description, this is an animation of what the Earth would look like during a Lunar Eclipse from the perspective of the Moon. While not an image, it’s still petty cool to see what it more or less looks like.
Is everyone ready or the eclipse early tomorrow morning?! Check out this website or more information and a map to see if you’ll be in a good area to see it. Here on the eastern coast of the states, we’ll only be able to see it or an hour or so right at moonset.
A ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its apogee: the part of its orbit farthest away from the Earth. Because the moon is so far away, it seems smaller than normal to the human eye. The result is that the moon doesn’t entirely block out our view of the sun, but leaves an “annulus,” or ring of sunlight glowing around it. Hence the term “annular” eclipse rather than a “total” eclipse.
Ladies and gentlemen, what you see before you is something that I don’t think has ever been done before. This is a gif of Wednesday’s Lunar Eclipse….seen from the orbit of Mercury.
In the image, the Moon can be seen slowly disappearing into Earth’s shadow over the course of an hour. The series of 31 images were taken by the narrow-angle camera on the Messenger spacecraft, orbiting high above Mercury. The Earth and Moon were about 66 million miles from the spacecraft at the time of the Eclipse.
In the raw image, Earth is about five pixels across, and the Moon is just over one. The luminosity of the Moon was increased by a factor of 25 in order to make it more visible.
While we’ve seen a solar eclipse from the Mir space station before, and a solar eclipse from lunar orbit, I believe this is the first time any eclipse has been seen from the perspective of another planetary body.
Absolutely stunning. The full article by the Planetary Society is here.
Some really blurry pictures of the Blood Moon that my Dad took earlier this year on April 14th 2014 with my Canon t3i camera because I wasn’t home so I called him and demanded he do so.