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January 2014 To Host Two Supermoons
2013-12-30 06:34:56

[ Watch the Video: Two Supermoons Expected In January 2014 ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Astronomy enthusiasts will be able to ring in the new year with a January 1 supermoon – one of two that will occur during the first month of 2014, and the first of five that will take place before the end of the calendar year. The second supermoon will occur on January 30, according to Bruce McClure of Earthsky. However, the moon will be at the new phase on...

Harvest Moon Factoids
2013-09-17 10:58:14

[ Watch the Video: Sky Watchers Can Catch The Harvest Moon Tonight? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There’s a reason why the character Linus from the cartoon Peanuts has never been able to catch a glimpse of the Great Pumpkin for all these years – he’s probably been a month too late all along. Expert skywatchers know the Harvest Moon, which happens every September near the autumnal equinox, is the most likely full moon to provide a large pumpkin-like moon...

Blue Moon Tonight
2012-08-31 04:13:12

Video: Watch Out For The Blue Moon April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online August 31, 2012 will see a second full moon for the calendar month, commonly referred to as a Blue Moon. The first full moon for the month was seen on the night of August 1. There are three different circumstances in popular culture in which a moon can be called "blue:" when the moon actually appears blue, when there are three full moons in a season, or like tonight, when there are two full moons...

What Is A Blue Moon?
2012-08-01 10:13:15

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People say things will happen "once in a blue moon" when they mean it's unlikely to happen or something very rare. In fact, we've been using a "blue moon" as synonymous with "never" for about 400 years. But what is a blue moon, really? A full moon that actually appears blue is very rare. It happens because of ash or dust in the air, sometimes from volcanic eruptions or major forest fires, which act like a color filter for your eyes...

Supermoon Of 2012 Becomes Global Event
2012-05-07 04:43:07

This weekend's highly-anticipated supermoon was the featured attraction for thousands of people worldwide, as the once-a-year event caused skygazers and amateur photographers to flock to key viewing sites for a look at the astronomical phenomenon. "With much of the UK swaddled in the traditional bank holiday blanket of rain and even snow clouds, it wasn't the greatest sky watching weekend. However, those fortunate enough to be under clear skies in many countries saw one of the natural...

'Supermoon' Expected This Weekend
2012-05-05 15:05:08

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year will occur this weekend. An estimated 16% brighter than normal, this spectacular ℠Supermoon´ will be visible in the night sky on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT, according NASA. Click here for video. The scientific term for the phenomenon is "perigee moon." Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side ("perigee") about 50,000 km closer than...

Did The Moon Play A Role In Sinking The Titanic?
2012-03-06 12:27:19

A team of astronomers from Texas State University is claiming the moon was an accomplice in bringing down the Titanic. Texas State researcher Donald Olson said the moon may help explain why the icebergs initially got into the path of the Titanic. “Of course, the ultimate cause of the accident was that the ship struck an iceberg. The Titanic failed to slow down, even after having received several wireless messages warning of ice ahead,” Olson said recently. The researchers...

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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2011-07-21 11:00:00

If you find yourself alone on the African plains, you may want to be more wary of wild animals, especially just after a full moon. Researchers found lion maulings increased dramatically at this time of the lunar phase when the sky is darkening and the animals are most hungry, The Guardian is reporting. Other predators, such as wolves, may also be at their most dangerous when the moon starts to wane. The discovery, from an African study of 500 lion attacks in Tanzania between 1988 and 2009,...

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2011-03-17 08:30:00

Author: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: Science @ NASA Mark your calendar. On March 19th, a full Moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset. It's a super "perigee moon"--the biggest in almost 20 years. "The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993," says Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory in Washington DC. "I'd say it's worth a look." Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. It is an ellipse with one side (perigee)...


Latest Phases of 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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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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