Aleanna Siacon Detroit Free Press Published 12:09 PM EST Dec 26, 2018 The first total lunar eclipse of 2019 — also called a wolf moon — is expected to be both a supermoon and a reddish-copper blood moon. Basically, folks across the United States may be able to catch a glimpse of a super blood wolf moon eclipse. In the Eastern time zone, the total eclipse will be visible from 9:36 p.m. on Jan. 20 to 2:48 a.m. on Jan. 21, according to an IndyStar interview with Brian Murphy, director of the Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium and Butler University professor. Eclipse data from NASA indicates the eclipse is expected to be visible throughout North and South America. NASA projects the total eclipse duration is expected to last about 1 hour and 2 minutes. While the peak is expected to come at 12:16 a.m. EST on Jan. 21, according to Space.com. EarthSky Communications, Inc., a Texas-based science … [Read more...] about What to know about the 2019 ‘super blood wolf moon’ eclipse
"We can continue to try and clean up the gutters all over the world and spend all of our resources looking at just the dirty spots and trying to make them clean. Or we can lift our eyes up and look into the skies and move forward in an evolutionary way." -Buzz Aldrin Sometimes, you go away for one weekend and you miss out on some awfully big news. So while I was competing in the USA Beard & Mustache championships (and I -- along with everyone else -- was put to shame by Willi Chevalier), some amazing news came back from our closest astronomical neighbor. Back when the space race was in its heyday in the late 1960s, it became clear that the United States was going to beat the Soviet Union to landing a man on the Moon. (That's Neil photographing Buzz, above.) But that didn't mean the Soviet Union wasn't going to do something spectacular in their own right. In 1970, they launched and landed the first-ever rover on another celestial body. (The famed Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, … [Read more...] about News from the Moon!
"Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is not a god, but a great rock." -Anaxagoras The Moon, as you well know, is one of the spectacular sights of the night sky, especially when it's full. Image credit: Luc Viatour. Even those of us with imperfect vision can see differences between the large, dark areas (known as maria) of dried-up lava beds and the bright, white mountainous regions. But through even the smallest of telescopes or binoculars, brilliant features -- invisible to the naked eye -- emerge. Image credit: Naoyuki Kurita. One of the largest craters on the Moon, Copernicus, is just barely invisible to the naked eye, and easily visible with binoculars. At 93 km in diameter, Copernicus is notable for being relatively young for a huge crater -- only 800 million years old -- and also for being very isolated, as its found in the middle of one of the great lunar maria! Image credit: Apollo 17. It was also famously imaged by Apollo 17, above. But it's impossible to see the … [Read more...] about The Moon As You’ve Never Seen Her Before!
A writer from Buckingham who published her first children's book in February says she cannot believe how successful it has been. Jill Stanton-Huxton, who wrote the children's book Harvey and the Moon Bus, had it published in January by Troubadour and has now sold approaching 300 copies. As a freelance writer, Jill is more familiar with nature writing, poetry and short story writing so this was something of a step into the unknown for her.She said: "I had no expectations ahead of publishing this book."I am very pleased and surprised at how well it has done."Jill was inspired to write this book after an encounter with the person behind the counter at a cornershop when she was alongside her Norwegian cat Macavity, who is sadly no longer with her.She said: "One day I walked into the cornershop to pick something up and the person behind the counter said my cat always stands outside the shop like he is waiting for a bus."I thought I wonder where he would go and it started from there."The … [Read more...] about New Buckingham author over the moon at how her year has gone
"Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy." -Henri Frederic Amiel Tonight is a special night, although not for the reasons you may think. Yes, it's just a few days after Christmas and before the new year, but tonight is the night of the Full Moon closest to the winter solstice. Image credit: Judy Stone-Goldman. Up here in the northern hemisphere (above the Tropic of Cancer), December 21st corresponds to the winter solstice, or the shortest day in terms of hours-of-sunlight of the year. The Sun crests the horizon and rises to its lowest altitude in the sky [90° minus the Earth's axial tilt (23.5°) minus your latitude] of any day, setting after spending the shortest amount of time above the horizon of the entire year. Image credit & copyright: Danilo Pivato. Up where I am in Portland, Oregon, that means we get just 8 hours and 42 … [Read more...] about The Longest Full Moon of the Year