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Atmosphere Moon Astronomical object Space Midnight


A rare astronomical phenomenon Sunday night will produce a moon that will appear slightly bigger than usual and have a reddish hue, an event known as a super blood moon.
It's a combination of curiosities that hasn't happened since 1982, and won't happen again until 2033. A so-called supermoon, which occurs when the moon is closest to earth in its orbit, will coincide with a lunar eclipse, leaving the moon in Earth's shadow. Individually, the two phenomena are not uncommon, but they do not align often.
Most people are unlikely to detect the larger size of the supermoon. It may appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter, but the difference is subtle to the plain eye. But the reddish tint from the lunar eclipse is likely to be visible throughout much of North America, especially on the East Coast.
"You're basically seeing all of the sunrises and sunsets across the world, all at once, being reflected off the surface of the moon," said Dr. Sarah Noble, a program scientist at NASA.
The eclipse will begin at 9:07 p.m. Eastern time, as the Earth's shadow moves across the moon, according to the association. At 10:11 p.m., the entire moon should be in the Earth's shadow, at which point it will adopt the reddish color. It will remain fully in the shadow until 11:23 p.m., and the eclipse will end at 12:27 a.m.
If time or attention spans run short, Mr. Cabrera suggested looking up just before the moon descends fully into the Earth's shadow at 10:11 p.m., as it turns color.
Dr. Noble said such events tend to get more people interested in astronomy, as it creates an opportunity to take children outside and get them looking up at the sky. "It leads to conversations about what else is up there," she said.
 

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Looking forward to this. My 6 year old nephew is obsessed with astronomy and has been talking this up for a while now
 
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According to the Mormons, the world is going to end tonight.
If that and a few glasses of wine doesn't convince to wife to get all "biblical", I don't know what will...
 

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According to the Mormons, the world is going to end tonight.
If that and a few glasses of wine doesn't convince to wife to get all "biblical", I don't know what will...
Well I didn't win Powerball last night so I have not much left to live for.....
 
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Almost 2/3 covered , looks freaky !
 

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Pretty cool, the sky is full of stars we usually cannot see too.
Imagine how much nicer it must look seeing it through free air
We were out looking at it before...cool. Yeah, I'd love to see it in clear skies w/ no light pollution
 
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Photos taken at the front yard. Here's the time log of these nine photos.

1. 08:03pm
2. 09:08pm
3. 09:14pm
4. 09:25pm
5. 09:37pm
6. 09:52pm
7. 09:59pm
8. 10:05pm
9. 10:10pm
 

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From Western Nassau County. Clear skies (except for 1 cloud just before totality). Hard to tell Danjon number as light polluted skies. I would put it at 4.
Here is mid totality. Astrophysics 130 GT with Astrophysics 2X Barlow, Astrophysics 900 GTO mount, Nikon 810, 1 sec at iso 1600.
 

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I took a few pics from my driveway...couldn't find the tripod though


Here are a few:
 

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Very cool to see. stayed up till it was total, paying for it now though! argh...
I only have some cell phone images, not even worth posting. I have a giant Nexus 6 that weighs about 10lbs (ok just seems like it) and I could not find any rest to rest the camera and get a clear view of the sky. Maybe in 18 years...
 
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