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NASA Says Full Moon in May will be Supermoon Eclipse

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – As we approach month’s end, there is not one, not two, but three celestial events happening with our Moon!

The Moon will be located on Earth’s opposite side from the Sun and fully illuminated May 26th, 2021, at 6:13am CT. This Full Moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Flower Moon because this was the time of year when spring flowers appeared in abundance.

Compared to other Full Moons in 2021, the Flower Moon will have the nearest approach to Earth, making it appear as the closet and largest Full Moon of the year.

A telescopic visualization of the 2021 total lunar eclipse. (NASA’s Scientifc Visualization Studio)

A telescopic visualization of the 2021 total lunar eclipse. (NASA’s Scientifc Visualization Studio)

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NASA prepares Satellites for alignment of Planets and Stars

 

Written by Mara Johnson-Groh
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – The movements of the stars and the planets have almost no impact on life on Earth, but a few times per year, the alignment of celestial bodies has a visible effect.

One of these geometric events — the spring equinox — is just around the corner, and another major alignment — a total solar eclipse — will be visible across America on August 21st, with a fleet of NASA satellites viewing it from space and providing images of the event.

To understand the basics of celestial alignments, here is information on equinoxes, solstices, full moons, eclipses and transits:

During a transit, a planet passes in between us and the star it orbits. This method is commonly used to find new exoplanets in our galaxy. (NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Genna Duberstein)

During a transit, a planet passes in between us and the star it orbits. This method is commonly used to find new exoplanets in our galaxy. (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Genna Duberstein)

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NASA answers questions about upcoming Supermoon/Lunar Eclipse

 

Written by Ashley Morrow
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – Coming soon for the first time in more than 30 years: you’ll be able to witness a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse.

Late on September 27th, 2015, in the U.S. and much of the world, a total lunar eclipse will mask the moon’s larger-than-life face for more than an hour.

But what is this behemoth of the night sky? Not a bird, not a plane, it’s a supermoon! Although this incarnation of the moon comes around only once every year, it’s not as mysterious as you might think.

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NASA says there will be a bright colorful Lunar Eclipse October 8th

 

Written by Tony Phillips
Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – On Wednesday morning, October 8th, not long before sunrise, the bright full Moon over North America will turn a lovely shade of celestial red. It’s a lunar eclipse—visible from all parts of the USA.

“It promises to be a stunning sight, even from the most light polluted cities,” says NASA’s longtime eclipse expert Fred Espenak. “I encourage everyone, especially families with curious children, to go out and enjoy the event.”

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NASA reports United States to be treated to a series of Lunar Eclipses starting April 15th, 2014

 

Written by Dr. Tony Phillips
Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – For people in the United States, an extraordinary series of lunar eclipses is about to begin.

The action starts on April 15th when the full Moon passes through the amber shadow of Earth, producing a midnight eclipse visible across North America. So begins a lunar eclipse tetrad—a series of 4 consecutive total eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals. The total eclipse of April 15th, 2014, will be followed by another on October 8th, 2014, and another on April 4th, 2015, and another on September 28th 2015.

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NASA says there will be a Partial Eclipse of the Strawberry Moon June 4th

 

Written by Dr. Tony Phillips
Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – On June 4th, 2012, there’s going to be a full Moon. According to Native American folklore it’s the Strawberry Moon, so-called because the short season for harvesting strawberries comes during the month of June.

This Strawberry’s going to have a bite taken out of it.

At 3:00am Pacific Daylight Time, not long before sunrise on Monday, June 4th, the Moon passes directly behind our planet.

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NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to observe the Final Lunar Eclipse of the Year

 

Written by Nancy Jones
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – Orbiting 31 miles above the lunar surface, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft will get a “front-row seat” to the total lunar eclipse on December 10th, 2011.

LRO’s Diviner instrument will record how quickly targeted areas on the moon’s day side cool off during the eclipse. The degree of cooling is dependent on factors such as how rocky the surface is, how densely packed the soil is, and its mineral composition. By studying the lunar surface during the eclipse, scientists can learn even more about our nearest celestial neighbor.

This 2003 image shows the ruddy appearance typical of the moon during a lunar eclipse. (Credit: Fred Espenak)

This 2003 image shows the ruddy appearance typical of the moon during a lunar eclipse. (Credit: Fred Espenak)

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Total Eclipse of the Moon

 

Written by Dr. Tony Phillips
Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Waking up before sunrise can be tough to do, especially on a weekend. On Saturday, December 10th, you might be glad you did. A total eclipse of the Moon will be visible in the early morning skies of western Northern America.

The action begins around 4:45am Pacific Standard Time when the red shadow of Earth first falls across the lunar disk. By 6:05am Pacific Time, the Moon will be fully engulfed in red light. This event—the last total lunar eclipse until 2014—is visible from the Pacific side of North America, across the entire Pacific Ocean to Asia and Eastern Europe: Global visibility map.

This photo, taken by Jens Hackman of Weikersheim, Germany, during a total lunar eclipse in March 2007, shows the turquoise outskirts and red core of Earth's shadow sweeping across the face of the Moon.

This photo, taken by Jens Hackman of Weikersheim, Germany, during a total lunar eclipse in March 2007, shows the turquoise outskirts and red core of Earth's shadow sweeping across the face of the Moon.

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