Slooh Telescope To Broadcast Pink Moon Eclipse
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online
For those living in the Eastern Hemisphere, the first lunar eclipse of 2013 will be taking place on Thursday during the Pink Moon. This partial eclipse of the Moon will be visible in its entirety from eastern Europe, Africa, central Asia and western Australia. However, it will not be visible in North America unless you watch Slooh’s live broadcast.
The Slooh Space Camera will be broadcasting live feed of the partial lunar eclipse free to the public, starting April 25 at noon PDT.
“I am very excited to be a part of the lunar eclipse broadcast,” said Dr. Lucie Green, frequent BBC contributor and solar researcher based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory. “Having been a part of several Slooh broadcasts, including the June 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse, 2012 Annular Eclipse, and 2012 Total Solar Eclipse, I always look forward to seeing these events live on Slooh.”
Slooh says it will also be bringing the live broadcast to viewers who have downloaded the free Slooh iPad app. iPad users will be able to have an interactive experience during the partial eclipse as well.
“The free Slooh iPad app is a great way for individuals to experience Slooh´s broadcasts and understand how the night sky works,” said Slooh President Patrick Paolucci.
April’s full moon is traditionally called the Pink Moon after one of spring’s earliest blooming flowers, the wild phlox, or the herb moss pink. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, other names for the spring time moon include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Full Fish Moon. The Full Fish Moon derives from coastal tribes because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
Last year, viewers in the Northern Hemisphere got to experience a “Strawberry Moon” eclipse. The Strawberry Moon is the full moon that takes place every year in June. This moon is named after the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries during June. The Transit of Venus followed this eclipse the next day.
The first solar eclipse this year will be taking place on May 10. This will be an annular eclipse visible in Australia, New Zealand, eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Gilbert Islands. North America will get its first view of a lunar eclipse May 25, when the moon will put on a roughly 30-minute show.