Penumbral Charm / Moon’s Next Move / Jupiter’s Curly Top

Who knew shadows could be so cool? Especially one half-flooded with sunlight! Hopefully you got to see at least part of yesterday’s penumbral lunar eclipse. Seeing any full moon rise is a pleasure, but this one had the added benefit of Earth’s shadow. The shading was subtle at first but became increasingly obvious as the…
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Get Set For Friday’s Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Friday evening, the Full Snow Moon will look a little weird when it rises in the eastern sky at sundown. That’s because for much of the U.S., the moon will already be in eclipse. Our favorite and only natural satellite slides through Earth’s outer shadow or penumbra that evening. During a partial or total lunar eclipse, the full moon passes…
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Eclipses Of 2017: A Sneak Preview

With the 2017 in sight, let’s look at some of the most anticipated events of the year — I’m talking eclipses! Four of them are on tap in the coming year, two widely visible across North America and two to delight skywatchers in the southern hemisphere. * February 10 — Penumbral lunar eclipse — Visible…
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Sinister Images Of Awe And Terror

Some photos inspire both awe and terror. The two emotions ride back to back when it comes to our experience of nature. For your Halloween pleasure, I wanted to share these several images, one of an aurora over Iceland, and the other a fleeting eclipse of the “black moon” across the face of the sun and…
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Watch Tuesday’s Total Solar Eclipse LIVE On Your Laptop

Used to be you had to BE THERE to see a total solar eclipse, a rare event for any particular location. Not anymore. Now you just fire up the laptop or tap a phone and watch it live from your couch. Of course it’s not the same as making the journey, but the chances of…
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