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Front-row Seat To 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Provided By NOAO
2014-04-17 11:57:40

National Science Foundation Monday night's lunar eclipse proved just as delightful as expected to those able to view it. On the East Coast, cloudy skies may have gotten in the way, but at the National Science Foundation's National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) near Tucson, Ariz., the skies offered impressive viewing, as seen from the pictures provided here. Nicknamed a "blood moon," this lunar eclipse's color was similar to the majority of lunar eclipses. This has to do with the...

NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Prepped For Upcoming Eclipse
2014-04-08 13:41:20

[ Watch the Video: A Lunar Eclipse And The LRO ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sky-watchers in North America are in for a treat as they will be able to see the entire upcoming lunar eclipse on April 15 from start to finish. While the eclipse is something to look forward to for late-night amateur astronomers, the upcoming celestial event will be a bit of a complication for NASA scientists in charge of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which is currently...

Lunar Eclipse Tetrad Expected To Begin In April
2014-04-14 11:07:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Skywatchers across North America will want to mark their calendars for April 15 – the next lunar eclipse. Expected to be visible across the entire United States, weather permitting, the upcoming eclipse is the first of four total eclipses expected to occur over the next year-and-a-half at two-month intervals – a phenomenon known as a tetrad. There are three types of lunar eclipses: penumbral, partial and total. A penumbral...

Harvest Moon Eclipse Tonight
2013-10-18 11:39:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tonight the Harvest Moon, or "Hunter's Moon," will be offering up a show for sky gazers as the full moon heads into a penumbral eclipse. The moon will be gliding through the Earth's shadow at 7:50 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, during which its southern limb will be a quarter of a lunar diameter away from the unseen edge of Earth's umbra. This type of eclipse often goes unnoticed by observers, but since one part of the Moon will be...

Mysterious Lunar Twilight Rays To Be Studied By NASA Mission
2013-09-04 11:25:34

[ Watch The Video - ScienceCasts: NASA Mission Seeks Lunar Air ] [ Watch The Video - NASA Ames Introduces LADEE Spacecraft Animation ] Science@NASA Back in the 60s and 70s, Apollo astronauts circling the Moon saw something that still puzzles researchers today. About 10 seconds before lunar sunrise or lunar sunset, pale luminous streamers would pop up over the gray horizon. These “twilight rays” were witnessed by crewmembers of Apollo 8, 10, 15 and 17. Back on Earth, we see...

Image 1 - Earth's Reflection From Moon Helps Search For Life Outside Our Solar System
2012-03-01 05:28:12

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] An international team of astronomers has found evidence of life in the Universe — right here on Earth — after pointing one of the world´s largest telescope at the Moon.  While the observation might seem trivial, it has helped perfect a technique that could lead to future discoveries of life outside our solar system. The researchers used the European Southern Observatory´s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to look at Earthshine reflected from...

The Night After Christmas Sky Show
2011-12-24 05:24:07

T'was the Night after Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring ... ...because everyone was outside watching the planets align? It's true. On Dec. 26th, the night after Christmas, Venus and the slender crescent Moon will gather for a jaw-dropping conjunction in the western sky. The action begins shortly before sunset. Around 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm local time, just as the sky is assuming its evening hue, Venus will pop into view, glistening bright in the deepening...

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2009-04-15 10:25:00

Earthshine "“ sunlight reflected from the Earth toward the Moon "“ may provide a way for researchers to seek out oceans on other planets, according to researchers. Last week, researchers from the University of Melbourne and Princeton University reported finding that the difference in reflection of light from the Earth's landmasses and oceans can be seen on the dark side of the moon. Sally Langford, from the University of Melbourne's School of Physics, said the brightness being...

2009-04-09 12:28:38

An Australian-led study shows, for the first time, differences in light reflection from Earth's land masses and oceans can be seen on the moon's far side. The researchers, led by Sally Langford of the University of Melbourne and including scientists from Princeton University, said the phenomenon, known as earthshine, might be used to view the physical makeup of planets too small to allow an image to be made of their surface. Langford said the brightness of the reflected earthshine varied as...

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2009-04-07 10:45:00

Researchers from the University of Melbourne and Princeton University have shown for the first time that the difference in reflection of light from the Earth's land masses and oceans can be seen on the dark side of the moon, a phenomenon known as earthshine. The paper is published in this week's edition of the international journal Astrobiology. Sally Langford from the University of Melbourne's School of Physics who conducted the study as part of her PhD, says that the brightness of the...


Latest Observing the Moon Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Lunar Phase -- The lunar phase is an astronomical term referring to the portion of the Moon that is visibly illuminated by the Sun, as seen from Earth. As the Moon orbits the Earth, the relative positions of the Sun, Earth and Moon change. Since the Moon only appears bright due to the Sun's reflected light, only the half of the Moon closest to the Sun is illuminated. Lunar phases are the result of our seeing the illuminated half of the Moon at different angles. The Moon exhibits...

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