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Earth PhOtOs=Total Lunar ECLIPSE >Monday, 21 August 2017

Rise of the 'Blood Moons':
Rare Alignments of Mars, Earth and the Sun 'Associated with Major Religious Events' Begin This Week


  • Next week begins the start of the 'Tetrad,' a series of lunar eclipses
  • The four 'blood-red' moons are followed by six full moons
  • The cycle finishes at the end of September 2015
  • It coincides with an alignment of Earth, Mars and the sun
  • The chance alignment has only happened three times in the last 500 years
  • Some Christians believe the Tetrad, is a signal the end of the world is near
  • Tetrads are associated with significant religious events
By Daily Mail UK, 9 April 2014


If you spotted an orange-coloured 'star' on Tuesday night, then you were probably looking at Mars.
In fact, the event you witnessed was rare - for the first time in 778 days, Mars, Earth and the sun aligned in an 'opposition of the planets.'
To scientists this is a unique but ultimately meaningless arrangement, but to a Christian minority, it marks the the beginning of significant events - even the second coming of Jesus Christ.



The unusual alignment of the sun, Earth and Mars Tuesday night happened a week before the
beginning of another astrological event that some believe is associated with the end of the world


The significance of the arrangement is that it happened exactly a week before the first of four dark red 'blood moons,' which some Christians believe marks a cycle associated with the end of the world.
John Hagee, a Christian pastor who has written a book on the Tetrad called 'Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change' said that Tuesday night marked the dawn of a 'hugely significant event' for the world.

'This is not something that some religious think tank has put together,' the notoriously outspoken church founder said.

'Nasa has confirmed that the Tetrad has only happened three times in more than 500 years — and that it's going to happen now.'

Also known as the 'Tetrad', since it involves four successive total 'blood-red' lunar eclipses each followed by six full moons, Nasa has confirmed it started Tuesday night and will end on September 28, 2015.

In the 21st century, tetrads are a frequent occurrence, with nine sets in total, but this has not always been the case.
From 1600 to 1900, for example, there were none at all.




Next week begins a cycle known as the 'Tetrad,' which involves a series of four dark red 'blood moons.'
At the end of the cycle in September 2015, some believe the end of the world will happen


The Book of Joel in the King James Bible prophesied about the blood moons and the end of the world: 'The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.'

According to Mr Hagee, each time the Tetrad has happened during that time, there has been a significant religious event accompanied with it.

In 1493, the first Tetrad saw the expulsion of Jews by the Catholic Spanish Inquisition.
The second happened in 1949, right after the State of Israel was founded.

And the most recent one, in 1967, happened during the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israelis.



This graphic explains why Mars was so visible to the naked eye on Tuesday night


Mr Hagee said the the first of the blood moons will happen on April 15, right in the middle of the Jewish holiday of Passover.
The second, on October 8, occurs during the Feast of the Tabernacle.

The third will be on April 4, 2015, also during Passover.

The final one happens on September 28, 2015, also during the Feast of the Tabernacles.


WHAT IS A LUNAR ECLIPSE?

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in the shadow of Earth.
This is an area known as the umbra, where light from the Sun is blocked by our planet.

The light refracts differently in the atmosphere and, as it hits the moon, it makes it appear red.

This gives rise to its ‘blood red’ appearance during a total eclipse, when the entire moon is in shadow.

If it skirts the shadow, known as a partial or penumbral eclipse, the effect is less dramatic.
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Default re: PhOtOs=Total Lunar ECLIPSE>Also Called Blood Moon >TONIGHT, 20 August 2017

Get Ready for the 'Blood Moons': Rare Series of Lunar Eclipses set to Begin Tonight

  • Eclipse will begin tomorrow morning at 2 a.m. EDT
  • America will have prime viewing position
  • Will be first of four blood red moon, followed by six full moons
  • The cycle finishes at the end of September 2015
  • It coincides with an alignment of Earth, Mars and the sun
  • The chance alignment has only happened three times in the last 500 years
  • Some Christians believe the Tetrad is a signal the end of the world is near
By 14 April 2014


The first of four rare 'blood moon' eclipses is set to happen tonight.

The event, known as a 'Tetrad', is believed to mark the the beginning of significant events - even the second coming of Jesus Christ to a Christian minority.

However, for the rest of us, it means a unique spectacle as a total lunar eclipse tonight will turn the moon a burnt reddish orange.





A previous total lunar eclipse as seen from Mexico city on December 21, 2010: tonight's will be visible across America from 2AM

WHEN WILL THEY HAPPEN?

The four blood moons will occur in roughly six-month intervals on the following dates:

April 15, 2014

October 8, 2014

April 4, 2015

September 28, 2015


The significance of the arrangement is that it happened exactly a week before the first of four dark red 'blood moons,' which some Christians believe marks a cycle associated with the end of the world.

Although lunar eclipses happen multiple times in a year during a full moon, this eclipse will be a particularly unusual viewing opportunity for North America.

Since the Earth's Western Hemisphere will be facing the moon during the eclipse, the continent will be in prime position to view it from start to finish. In addition, the eclipse will coincide with nighttime in North America.

The entire continent won't be able to witness a full lunar eclipse in its entirety again until 2019.

'Sometimes they'll happen and you'll have to be somewhere else on Earth to see them,' said Noah Petro, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter deputy project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

'Most [residents] of the continental United States will be able to see the whole thing.'
For those who are awake to watch the eclipse, which is scheduled to begin around 2:00 a.m. EDT and last over three hours, Petro said there would be several changes people can witness.

When the moon first enters the Earth's partial shadow, know as the penumbra, a dark shadow will begin creeping across the moon.

This will give the illusion that the moon is changing phases in a matter of minutes instead of weeks.
'Eventually there will be a chunk of darkness eating the moon,' Petro said.


WHAT TO EXPECT

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in the shadow of Earth.
This is an area known as the umbra, where light from the Sun is blocked by our planet.

The light refracts differently in the atmosphere and, as it hits the moon, it makes it appear red.

This gives rise to its ‘blood red’ appearance during a total eclipse, when the entire moon is in shadow.

If it skirts the shadow, known as a partial or penumbral eclipse, the effect is less dramatic.

The eclipse is scheduled to begin around 2:00 a.m. EDT and last over three hours.
When the moon first enters the Earth's partial shadow, know as the penumbra, a dark shadow will begin creeping across the moon.

This will give the illusion that the moon is changing phases in a matter of minutes instead of weeks.
At the eclipse's peak, around 3:45 a.m. EDT, the moon will enter the Earth's full shadow, the umbra.

At this stage, the Earth's atmosphere will scatter the sun's red visible light, the same process that turns the sky red at sunset.

As a result, the red light will reflect off the moon's surface, casting a reddish rust hue over it.


Total lunar eclipse to bring an impressive red blood moon





It's not often that we get a chance to see our planet's shadow, but a lunar eclipse gives us a fleeting glimpse. During these rare events, the full Moon rapidly darkens and then glows red.

Though a lunar eclipse can be seen only at night, it's worth staying up to catch the show.
At the eclipse's peak, around 3:45 a.m. EDT, the moon will enter the Earth's full shadow, the umbra. At this stage, the Earth's atmosphere will scatter the sun's red visible light, the same process that turns the sky red at sunset.





Where to see it:

The total sclipse will be visible over most of North America

As a result, the red light will reflect off the moon's surface, casting a reddish rust hue over it.

'It's a projection of all the Earth's sunsets and sunrises onto the moon,' Petro said.

'It's a very subtle effect, and if any part of the moon is illuminated in the sun, you can't really see it.'
'They don't happen all the time, and the sky has to be clear,' Petro said.

'It really gives you a chance to look at the moon changing.'

However, some believe the eclipse has larger significance.



The unusual alignment of the sun, Earth and Mars Tuesday night happened a week before the
beginning of another astrological event that some believe is associated with the end of the world


John Hagee, a Christian pastor who has written a book on the Tetrad called 'Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change' said that Tuesday night marked the dawn of a 'hugely significant event' for the world.
'This is not something that some religious think tank has put together,' the notoriously outspoken church founder said.

'Nasa has confirmed that the Tetrad has only happened three times in more than 500 years — and that it's going to happen now.'
Also known as the 'Tetrad', since it involves four successive total 'blood-red' lunar eclipses each followed by six full moons, Nasa has confirmed it started Tuesday night and will end on September 28, 2015.
In the 21st century, tetrads are a frequent occurrence, with nine sets in total, but this has not always been the case.

From 1600 to 1900, for example, there were none at all.




Tonight begins a cycle known as the 'Tetrad,' which involves a series of four dark red 'blood moons.
' At the end of the cycle in September 2015, some believe the end of the world will happen


The Book of Joel in the King James Bible prophesied about the blood moons and the end of the world: 'The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.'

According to Mr Hagee, each time the Tetrad has happened during that time, there has been a significant religious event accompanied with it.

In 1493, the first Tetrad saw the expulsion of Jews by the Catholic Spanish Inquisition.
The second happened in 1949, right after the State of Israel was founded.

And the most recent one, in 1967, happened during the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israelis.




This graphic explains why Mars was so visible to the naked eye on Tuesday night


Mr Hagee said the the first of the blood moons will happen on April 15, right in the middle of the Jewish holiday of Passover.
The second, on October 8, occurs during the Feast of the Tabernacle.

The third will be on April 4, 2015, also during Passover.

The final one happens on September 28, 2015, also during the Feast of the Tabernacles.
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Default re: PhOtOs=Total Lunar ECLIPSE>Also Called Blood Moon >TONIGHT, 20 August 2017

Blood Moon Rises: Incredible Pictures of Total Lunar Eclipse Reveal Stunning Red Disc Illuminating the Night Sky

  • Last night marked first of four blood moons, followed by six full moons
  • It's an extremely rare astrological event known as a Tetrad
  • The striking red moon was most visible across North and South America
  • Looks red because the Earth's atmosphere scatters the sun's red light
  • It's the same process that makes the sky appear red at sunset
  • The Tetrad cycle finishes at the end of September in 2015
  • Some Christians believe the Tetrad is a signal the end of the world is near
By Sarah Griffiths and Mark Prigg, Daily Mail UK, 15 April 2014


The first of four 'blood moon' eclipses lived up to expectations, proving an eerie sight across North and South America overnight as the moon was illuminated a deep red.

The four-stage event, known as a 'Tetrad', is also believed to mark the the beginning of significant events - even the the end of the world - in some religions.
The awe-inspiring spectacle occurs when the Earth's shadow passes over the moon - and it will happen three more times over the next two years as part of this cycle. The next Tetrad cycle won't occur until 2032.


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Extremely rare: It's only the third time the chance alignment has occurred in 500 years


Some Christians are concerned that the celestial event could mark the start of terrible events, based on a passage from the Bible that says:

Quote:
'The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes.'
Although lunar eclipses happen multiple times in a year during a full moon, this eclipse is a particularly fortunate viewing opportunity for North America.




Blood moon rising: The opening stages of one of the world's rarest astrological events




Set alight: as the Lunar eclipse continued, it appeared as though the moon was being illuminated from within





Captivating: Stargazers the world over were transfixed by the rare event


Since the Earth's Western Hemisphere is facing the moon during the eclipse, the continent was in prime position to view it from start to finish. The eclipse also coincided with night time in North America.

The entire continent won't be able to witness a full lunar eclipse in its entirety again until 2019.

'Sometimes they'll happen and you'll have to be somewhere else on Earth to see them,' Noah Petro, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter deputy project scientist at Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Centre, said before the event.




Beautiful: The moment was most visible across North and South America, like here above the Independence Monument in Mexico City









Fireball: The lunar eclipse was most visible in North and South America, like El Salvador and Brazil





A bad omen? Some Christians were concerned that the strange celestial event (pictured) could mark the start of terrible events and drew on a passage from the Bible that says: 'The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes'




Phases: Although lunar eclipses happen multiple times in a year during a full moon, this eclipse is a particularly unusual viewing opportunity for
North America. This composite image shows the transition during the total lunar eclipse from the bottom left-hand corner to the top left



WHAT HAPPENS DURING A 'BLOOD RED' LUNAR ECLIPSE

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in the shadow of Earth. This is an area known as the umbra, where light from the sun is blocked by our planet.

The light refracts differently in the atmosphere and, as it hits the moon, it appears red.

This gives rise to its ‘blood red’ appearance during a total eclipse, when the entire moon is in shadow. If it skirts the shadow, known as a partial or penumbral eclipse, the effect is less dramatic.
When the moon first enters the Earth's partial shadow, know as the penumbra, a dark shadow begins to creep across the moon.

This gives the illusion that the moon is changing phases in a matter of minutes instead of weeks.
At the eclipse's peak, the moon enters the Earth's full shadow; the umbra.

At this stage, the Earth's atmosphere scatters the sun's red visible light; the same process that turns the sky red at sunset.

As a result, the red light reflects off the moon's surface, casting a reddish rust hue over it. It's not often that we get a chance to see our planet's shadow, but a lunar eclipse gives us a fleeting glimpse. During these rare events, the full moon rapidly darkens and then glows red.

At the eclipse's peak the moon entered the Earth's full shadow, the umbra. At this stage, the Earth's atmosphere scattered the sun's red visible light - the same process that turns the sky red at sunset.
As a result, the red light reflected off the moon's surface, casting a reddish rust hue over it.

'It's a projection of all the Earth's sunsets and sunrises onto the moon,' Mr Petro said.





The moon is seen as it nears a total lunar eclipse in Venice, California. People across North
and South America were able to witness the first of four in a rare Tetrad of eclipses over the next two years





An airliner crosses the moon's path above Whittier, California approximately one hour before
the total lunar eclipse, which some people believe signifies the beginning of a number of significant religious event


'It's a very subtle effect, and if any part of the moon is illuminated in the sun, you can't really see it.'
'They don't happen all the time, and the sky has to be clear. It really gives you a chance to look at the moon changing.'
However, some believe the eclipse has larger significance.

'Nasa has confirmed that the Tetrad has only happened three times in more than 500 years — and that it's going to happen now.'



Taking in the view: Astronomers in North and South America are thought to be viewing the blood moon from
2.06 EST (7.06 GMT) to around 4.24 EST (9.24 GMT). Here, people watch the 'blood moon' rising over the water in Melbourne, Australia





No show: The total eclipse is visible over most of North America,
but not in most of Europe, Africa and Asia, as explained by this map


Nasa has confirmed the Tetrad started on Tuesday night and will end on September 28, 2015.
Tetrads are a relatively frequent occurrence in the 21st century, with nine sets in total, but this has not always been the case. From 1600 to 1900, for example, there were none at all.

The Book of Joel in the King James Bible prophesied about the blood moons and the end of the world:

'The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes.'


According to Mr Hagee, each time the Tetrad has happened during that time, there has been a significant religious event accompanied with it.




The unusual alignment of the sun, Earth and Mars happened a week before the beginning
of the astrological event that some believe is associated with the end of the world


In 1493, the first Tetrad saw the expulsion of Jews by the Catholic Spanish Inquisition.
The second happened in 1949, right after the State of Israel was founded and the most recent one - in 1967 - happened during the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israelis.

Mr Hagee said the first of the blood moons takes place right in the middle of the Jewish holiday of Passover.
The second, on October 8, occurs during the Feast of the Tabernacle and the third will be on April 4, 2015, also during Passover.

The final one happens on September 28, 2015, which is also during the Feast of the Tabernacles.
END


NB:
The bible says, The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon turns to blood...and then the great and terrible day of The Lord shall come!
It doesn't say anything about the end of the world! - Ladybbird


Total Lunar Eclipse Brings an Impressive Red Blood Moon



Nasa Need To Know: Lunar Eclipse and LRO




READ MORE HERE:
NASA's LRO Mission and North America to Experience Total Lunar Eclipse | NASA

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Earth re: PhOtOs=Total Lunar ECLIPSE>Also Called Blood Moon >TONIGHT, 20 August 2017

Next Blood Moon will be After Midnight on the 7th Oct 2014, and Two More in 2015....







The Blood Moon 14th of April was amazing, and it was just as it apears in the photo. Yes, the moon did look red! There was also a total eclipse.

I am looking forward to seeing the next Blood Moon after Midnight on the 7th Oct of this year, 2014, and there will be two more next year.....


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Default re: PhOtOs=Total Lunar ECLIPSE>Also Called Blood Moon >TONIGHT, 20 August 2017

WOW, what happened hours before that combination , shocked even me.=

5/6 hrs before the 'Blood Moon' happened,, The sky here turned COMPLETELY WHITE

The earth and the powers above us all,,, are giving us a message....

I will update this thread with more info/photos when I have time to do so...

It would be encouraging if members would add their photos/experiences, on what they saw...

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Default re: PhOtOs=Total Lunar ECLIPSE>Also Called Blood Moon >TONIGHT, 20 August 2017

On Wednesday night skywatchers were treated to the unusual sight of a ‘blood moon’. Here are some of the best shots alongside the best photography from the agencies

Wednesday 8 October 2014




  • The moon is pictured behind a ferris wheel on the pier in Santa Monica, California after the total lunar eclipse. Photograph: Reuters
  • Lunar eclipse over the Florida Everglades, 8 October 2014..Photograph: Mark O'Byrne


  • In Portland, Oregon, some pictures of the different stages of the moon. Photograph: David Binder
  • Photo taken using multiple exposure shows the blood moon above Hefei, Anhui Province, China.
    Photograph: Xinhua News Agency/Rex Features


  • Blood moon forming over Visalia, CA




  • Ingress Mosaic from Texas
    Image every five minutes with a regular DSLR and processed using Gimp (just as good as Photoshop and free!) Photograph: Πανδώρα Άγαδακις


  • The moon is seen glowing red as it rises during a total lunar eclipse in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photograph: EPA




  • Sam Houston eclipse
    This is a shot of the October 8th 2014 eclipse from the museum district in Houston, Texas. It’s just one shot taken with a 500m lens featuring a statue of Sam Houston along with the partially eclipsed moon.
    Photograph: Sergio Garcia Ril


  • View of the blood moon total lunar eclipse behind the cathedral of the city of Cholula, in the Mexican state of Puebla. Photograph: EPA


  • The Blood Moon in Melbourne
    A few second gap in the cloud cover opened up, I was lucky to get even this one frame. Photograph: Wolf Coklin/Wolfcat



  • A lunar eclipse appears above Grand Haven State Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photograph: AP
  • The lunar eclipse Photograph: Richard Baxter


  • Blood moon over Townsville..Photograph: Scott Weaver


  • A woman jogs on a beach with the moon in the background in Santa Monica, California. Photograph:Reuters
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Update re: PhOtOs=Total Lunar ECLIPSE>Also Called Blood Moon >TONIGHT, 20 August 2017

Shortest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century on 4 April 2015




The total eclipse of the full moon on 4 April, 2015 will last less than five minutes, making it the shortest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. It’s perfect for short attention spans!

The total lunar eclipse will be visible from western North America, eastern Asia, the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. At North American time zones, that means the greatest eclipse happens before sunrise on April 4 – the morning of April 4, not the evening. From the world’s Eastern Hemisphere – eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia –

The greatest eclipse takes place after sunset April 4.



CLICK the Links Below to Learn Eclipse Times and More:


Eclipse times in Universal Time


Eclipse times for for North American time zones


Is this the third of four Blood Moon eclipses?


Who will see a partial lunar eclipse?


What causes a lunar eclipse?








Eclipse times in Central Daylight Time from Larry Koehn





The 2015 April 4 total lunar eclipse. The moon travels eastward through the Earth’s penumbra (light outside shadow) and umbra (dark inner shadow) shadow. The yellow line depicts the ecliptic– Earth’s orbital plane. Although the moon, at least in part, spends about 3.5 hours within the umbra, it is only totally submerged in the umbra (dark shadow) for a short while, or less than 5 minutes.


Is this the third of four Blood Moon eclipses?


Depending on the algorithm being used, the April 4 lunar eclipse can be regarded as a very shallow total lunar eclipse or a very deep partial lunar eclipse. The eclipse master assures us that it’s actually a total eclipse of very short duration, despite some sites calling it a partial eclipse. Good thing, or else this April 4 eclipse wouldn’t rate as a so-called Blood Moon This eclipse counts as the third in a series of four straight total lunar eclipses – a lunat trend– all of which are visible from North America!

What is a Blood Moon ?




In any umbral lunar eclipse, the moon always passes through Earth’s very light penumbral shadow before and after its journey through the dark umbral shadow.

Who will see a partial lunar eclipse?

A partial lunar eclipse precedes the total eclipse for one hour and 42 minutes, and follows totality for one hour and 42 minutes.
So, from start to finish, the moon takes 3 hours and 29 minutes to totally cross Earth’s dark umbral shadow.

Eastern North America and western South America can see beginning stages of the partial umbral eclipse low in the west before sunrise April 4, whereas middle Asia (India, western China, mid-Asian Russia) can view the ending stages of the partial umbral eclipse low in the east after sunset April 4. Greenland, Iceland, Europe, Africa and the Middle East won’t be able see this eclipse at all

Incidentally, a very light penumbral eclipse comes before and after the dark (umbral) stage of the lunar eclipse. But this sort of eclipse is so faint that many people won’t even notice it. The penumbral eclipse would be more fun to watch from the moon, where it would be seen as a partial eclipse of the sun.


Worldwide Map of the 4 April 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse





Everyplace in white sees the whole eclipse from start to finish, whereas everyplace in black misses out entirely. See less complicated map below.



Day and Night Sides of Earth at Greatest Total Eclipse





Day and night sides of Earth at greatest eclipse (12:00 UT). The shadow line at left, running through North America, depicts sunrise (moonset). The shadow line at right, running through Asia, depicts sunset (moonrise).



What Causes a Lunar Eclipse?


A lunar eclipse can only happen at full moon. Only then is it possible for the moon to be directly opposite the sun in our sky, and to pass into the Earth’s dark umbral shadow. Most of the time, however, the full moon eludes the Earth’s shadow by swinging to the north of it, or south of it. For instance, the March 2015 full moon swung south of the Earth’s shadow. Next month – in May 2015 – the full moon will swing north of the Earth’s shadow.

The moon’s orbital plane around Earth is actually inclined at 5o to the ecliptic – Earth’s orbital plane around the sun. However, the moon’s orbit intersects the ecliptic at two points called nodes. It’s an ascending node where it crosses the Earth’s orbital plane going from south to north, and a descending node where it crosses the Earth’s orbital plane, going from north to south.

In short, a lunar eclipse happens when the full moon closely coincides with one of its nodes, and a solar eclipse happens when a new moon does likewise. It’s not a perfect alignment this time around, with the moon crossing its ascending node about 9 hours before the moon turns full. But that’s close enough for the moon to stage a total lunar eclipse, even if it happens to be the shortest one of the 21st century!





The yellow circle shows the sun’s apparent yearly path (the ecliptic) in front of the constellations of the Zodiac. The gray circle displays the monthly path of the moon in front of the zodiacal constellations. If a new moon or full moon aligns closely with one of the moon’s nodes, then an eclipse is in the works.

Bottom line: The eclipse of April 4, 2015 is the third in a series of four total lunar eclipses – a lunar tetrad – all of which will be visible from North America. The nearby blue-white star is Spica.




Time lapse of October 8, 2014 lunar eclipse as reflected in a pond in central Illinois, by Greg Lepper.



Short 'Blood Moon' Visible From Australia

AP, 27 March 2015

Australians will have less than five minutes to see a total lunar eclipse on Easter Saturday - or face a wait of nearly three years for the next one.
The moon is due to pass through the edge of the earth's shadow late on April 4 and turn a shade of red, orange or brown.

The Sydney Observatory say totality will begin at 10.58pm (AEDT) and finish at 11.03pm, making it the briefest this century.
"It's certainly the shortest in decades," astronomer Andrew Smith told AAP.

The so-called "blood moon" should be visible across most of Australia, Mr Smith said, but will appear in slightly lighter skies earlier in the night the further west you are.
"If you're on the eastern seaboard of Australia, it will be very high in the north-east of the sky at totality," he said.
"So unless you're standing right next to a skyscraper, or unless the weather is bad, nobody should have any trouble seeing it."

The reddish colour seen during a total lunar eclipse is a reflection of light from all the sunsets and sunrises across the globe at that time.
How deep it will look depends on a number of factors, including air quality.

"What also might have a small impact is, because the moon's only skirting just inside the edge of the shadow, it might not be quite as deep an effect," Mr Smith said.
"But I don't see any reason why it wouldn't turn some sort of orangey-brown colour, it might just be a slightly-lessened effect this time."

The next total lunar eclipse visible from Australia is not expected until 31 January, 2018.

WHEN TO WATCH (all times AEDT)


* 9.16pm - start of the partial eclipse
* 10.58pm - totality begins
* 11.00pm - greatest/maximum eclipse
* 11.03pm - totality ends
* 12.44am - end of partial eclipse
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Cool re: PhOtOs=Total Lunar ECLIPSE >Monday, 21 August 2017

Eclipse Mania! Millions of Americans Sit in Some of The 'Worst Traffic Jams in History', Flock to Burning Man-Style Festivals and Fill Camp Grounds at 21 National Parks Ahead of Once in a Lifetime Celestial Event

  • The eclipse begins its cross-country trajectory over the Pacific Coast of Oregon late Monday morning and will reach South Carolina's Atlantic shore some 90 minutes later
  • Officials in Oregon and other states are warning drivers the eclipse could cause the worst traffic jams
  • Experts advise people to wear proper protective eyewear or risk lasting blind spots during the eclipse
  • Monday's event will be the first total solar eclipse spanning the entire continental United States since 1918
  • It is also the first total solar eclipse visible anywhere in the Lower 48 states in 38 years
BBC, 20 Aug 2017.


Twilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years.


The sight of the moon's shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but the halo-like solar corona, may draw the largest live audience for a celestial event in human history. When those watching via broadcast and online media are factored into the mix, the spectacle will likely smash records.

'It will certainly be the most observed total eclipse in history,' astronomer Rick Fienberg of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) said last week.
The eclipse begins its cross-country trajectory over the Pacific Coast of Oregon in late morning. It will reach South Carolina's Atlantic shore some 90 minutes later.

The total eclipse of the sun is considered one of the most spell-binding phenomena in nature but it rarely occurs over a wide swath of land, let alone one of the world's most heavily populated countries at the height of summer.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is warning drivers that the Monday celestial event could cause some of the worst traffic jams in the state's history.

Authorities are worried about the traffic impact that the eclipse will have on small towns that are not equip to be flooded with people.

Don Hamilton with ODOT said 'there may be a million people who descend on the state for the eclipse, especially in the 60-mile path of totality that spans the state from west to east




The lunar shadow of the total solar eclipse on Monday will enter the United States near Lincoln City, Oregon at 9.05am (PST) and totality begins at 10.18am (PST). The eclipse will end in Charleston, South Carolina at 2.48pm (EST), and the lunar shadow leaves the country at 4.09pm (EST)



Eclipse mania!: Thousands have flocked to the Burning Man-style Oregon Eclipse Festival, in the state's Ochoco National Forest. Revelers of the international seven-day gathering are anticipating Monday's total solar eclipse



The Oregon Eclipse Festival at Big Summit Prairie ranch in the state's Ochoco National Forest near the city of Mitchell is currently underway as attendees anticipate Monday's big solar eclipse



Festival goers practice yoga at the Solar Temple at the Oregon Eclipse Festival. The Solar Temple, which was built for the festival from trees that had been hit by lightening, will be the venue for viewing the total solar eclipse on Monday



A festival goer holds a sign reading 'I Love My Life' at the Oregon Eclipse Festival. Tickets for the event are sold out as thousands have flocked to Oregon to see the solar eclipse on Monday



Authorities are warning drivers that the Monday celestial event could cause some of the worst traffic jams in history. Pictured above is stand-still traffic in Oregon on Highway 26



RV traffic sits at a standstill along a two-lane road near Madras, Oregon, as thousands flock to the small town to view the eclipse on Monday



It is predicted to be nice and sunny on Monday in Portland with a high of 89 degrees as parts of the southeast will experience scattered thunderstorms with temperatures in the high 80s



Map of the drive time to the center-line of the eclipse, this map does not take into account extremely heavy traffic in areas that are currently seeing swells of revelers



People living in the northwest part of the country will have a 100 per cent chance of seeing the solar eclipse on Monday while those living on the northeast only have a 50 per cent chance



The eclipse will begin on the West Coast in Oregon at 10.19am (PST) and make its way across the country to South Carolina at 2.41pm (EST)




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WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN ECLIPSE


During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely blocks the face of the sun, NASA explains.
This reveals the 'pearly white halo' of the sun's corona – its outer atmosphere, which is invisible to the naked eye at all other times.
For this phenomenon to take place, the moon and the sun must be perfectly aligned, allowing the moon to appear as though it's the exact size of the sun.

'A total eclipse is a dance with three partners: the moon, the sun and Earth,' said Richard Vondrak, a lunar scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

'It can only happen when there is an exquisite alignment of the moon and the sun in our sky.'

According to eclipse chaser Michael Aisner, the math of this actually taking place is 'boggling.'
'The moon is 400 times smaller in diameter than the sun, and the sun is 400 times further away,' he explained in an eclipse-viewing tip list shared with Dailymail.com.
'Bingo – a perfect fit even though the sun is 100 million miles farther away than the moon.'




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In terms of audience potential, it is hard to top the United States, with its mobile and affluent population, even though the direct path is mostly over rural areas, towns and small cities. The largest is Nashville, Tennessee, a city of 609,000 residents.

Even so the advent of social media and inexpensive high-tech optics have boosted public awareness, assuring what many U.S. experts predict will be unprecedented viewership for the so-called 'Great American Eclipse.'

Some might take issue with that prediction, citing a solar eclipse visible over parts of India, Nepal, Bangladesh and central China in July 2009. National Geographic estimated 30 million people in Shanghai and Hangzhou alone were in its path that day.

On Monday, the deepest part of the shadow, or umbra, cast by the moon will fall over a 70-mile-wide, 2,500-mile-long 'path of totality' traversing 14 states.
The 12 million people who live there can view the eclipse at its fullest merely by walking outside and looking up, weather permitting.

Some 200 million Americans reside within a day's drive of the totality zone, and as many as seven million, experts say, are expected to converge on towns and campgrounds along the narrow corridor for the event.
Many are attending multi-day festivals featuring music, yoga and astronomy lectures.

The Oregon Eclipse Festival, which began on August 17th and ends August 23rd, is completely sold out as thousands have flocked to the state to view the eclipse on Monday.

Millions more could potentially watch in real time as the eclipse is captured by video cameras mounted on 50 high-altitude balloons and streamed online in a joint project between NASA and Montana State University.
A partial eclipse will appear throughout North America.

Adding further to the excitement is the wide availability of affordable solar-safe sunglasses produced by the millions and selling so fast that suppliers were running out of stock.
The owner of one leading manufacturer reported price gouging by second-hand dealers who were buying up large supplies in and reselling them over the internet at a huge mark-up.




Campers form 'Solar Town,' an agricultural field turned campground for total solar eclipse enthusiasts, in front of Mt. Jefferson in Madras, Oregon



Traffic began backing up in Oregon on Thursday, as it is likely to worsen leading up to the main event Monday




Cars line up at the south entrance to Grand Teton National Park on Saturday outside Jackson, Wyoming. People are flocking to the Jackson and Teton National Park area for the 2017 solar eclipse which will be one of the areas that will experience a 100 per cent eclipse on Monday
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HOW TO SAFELY WATCH AN ECLIPSE

Experts warn that everyone who plans to look skyward when the solar eclipse sweeps across the country Monday should have the proper protective eyewear or risk lasting blind spots.
Regular sunglasses will not do, the US space agency says.

Only eclipse glasses that have a certification with 'ISO 12312-2 international standard' are safe for use, according to NASA.

More than 6,800 libraries across nationwide are distributing safety-certified glasses.

Other options are number 14 welder's glass, or making a pinhole projector that allows a user to project the image of the Sun on paper or cardboard.
Eye doctors urge strict adult supervision for eclipse watchers under 16 years old.

'The dangers of looking at the Sun are real and serious,' said Vincent Jerome Giovinazzo, director of ophthalmology at Staten Island University Hospital, Northwell Health.
'The damage can really be permanent and right smack in the center of their vision.'

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Not all the hoopla will unfold on dry land. Welsh pop singer Bonnie Tyler is slated to perform her 1983s hit single 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' aboard a cruise liner as the vessel sails into the path of totality from Florida on Monday.

Back on the ground, forest rangers, police and city managers in the total eclipse zone are bracing for a crush of travelers they fear will cause epic traffic jams and heighten wildfire hazards.

'Imagine 20 Woodstock festivals occurring simultaneously across the nation,' Michael Zeiler, an AAS advisory panel member wrote on his website, GreatAmericanEclipse.com, referring to the famously chaotic 1969 outdoor rock extravaganza in upstate New York.

Zeiler, an avowed 'eclipse chaser' who made the 650-mile drive from his New Mexico home to Wyoming for a choice view, said South Carolina is likely to see the greatest influx as the destination state closest to the entire U.S. Eastern seaboard.

Monday's event will be the first total solar eclipse spanning the entire continental United States since 1918 and the first visible anywhere in the Lower 48 states in 38 years.

The next one over North America is due in just seven years, in April 2024.
Schools in the path of the eclipse are seizing on ready-made science lesson for students.

A fourth-grade class at a suburban Kansas City school erupted in wonder when they tried on their solar eclipse glasses for the first time and turned toward the sun for an eclipse 'practice.'

'The sun looks like the moon!' ''It's really dark!' ''There's just a little circle of light!' ''It's just a speck up there!'

The students at Clardy Elementary School in North Kansas City were practicing the proper use of the glasses Friday in anticipation of Monday's solar eclipse.
Their teacher, Christy Lister, had gone through slides detailing how and when to wear the glasses, how to care for them and proper behavior during the eclipse.

It was only the third day of the school year, but the students had already talked about eyes, the solar system and other eclipse-related topics.
The district's teachers and administrators began planning for the big event last May and worked through the summer on age-specific activities for the district's 20,000 students.

The activities will include kindergartners using beads that react to ultraviolet light from the sun, while others will conduct experiments measuring atmospheric changes during the eclipse or create solar viewers with 3-D printers.

U.S. schools along and near the coast-to-coast path where the sun will be totally blacked out by the moon during the eclipse are taking widely varying approaches.

While some districts are seizing the opportunity for ready-made lessons, others are closing for the day or keeping kids inside because of safety concerns.
In Idaho, districts in and around Twin Falls are using the day for science education, while many districts in the eastern part of the state either canceled school or will start the school year a day later.




The cloud cover on Monday during the eclipse will be 100 per cent in some parts of the midwest in the U.S. Areas shaded bright white are forecast to see the thickest cloud cover. Light gray represents thinner or more scattered cloud cover



Viewing the eclipse in the northwest might be the best location as it is set to be perfect weather in Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming on Monday



Cloud cover and scattered storms might cause problems for those trying to view the eclipse in the midwest on Monday



Scattered storms will also hit parts of Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri during the solar eclipse on Monday



Some parts of the southeast will experience scattered storms on Monday during the solar eclipse



Showers are possible for some cities on the East Coast on Monday as it will be sunny in New York City and Boston on Monday


In Wyoming, the Laramie School District moved the first day of school to Tuesday after the superintendent said he had 'grossly underestimated' the event's significance.

North Kansas City found the educational opportunity irresistible, said Jill Hackett, a deputy superintendent.

'Students will gain a lot more by watching, discussing what they see with their teachers and other students,' she said. 'I think it will be extraordinary.'

Smaller towns expecting huge influxes of visitors have concerns about transportation. The primary worry for many districts is the risk of eye injuries for students who gaze at the sun without properly wearing the right glasses.

Across the country, American Indian tribes are observing the eclipse in similar and not-so-similar ways. Some tribal members will ignore it, others might watch while praying for an anticipated renewal, and those in prime viewing spots are welcoming visitors with storytelling, food and celebration. For the Crow Tribe in Montana, the eclipse coincides with the Parade Dance at the annual Crow fair, marking the tribe's new year.

Many American Indian tribes revere the sun and moon as cultural deities, great sources of power and giver of life.


The Crow's cultural director, William Big Day, said the sun is believed to die and come back to life during an eclipse. In more nomadic days, Crows would offer each other 'good wishes' for their travels, and elders would advise them to do a cleansing ceremony to start anew, he said.

U.S. Bureau of Indian Education spokeswoman Nedra Darling said the agency's schools, most of which are on the Navajo Nation, were given the option of closing Monday. Navajo Nation employees have Monday off, and other schools on and off the reservation that extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah earlier decided to close in respect of the culture that teaches that looking at the sun during an eclipse can be harmful not only to one's eyesight but for overall well-being.

'You're welcoming negativity into your life, or turmoil, or troublesome times ahead of you, as well as socially, health-wise and spiritually,' Baldwin said. 'You're observing something that should not be observed.'

Farther east near the Great Smoky Mountains, the Eastern Cherokee tribe is expecting thousands of spillover visitors from the national park.
Outside of humans, animals in the of the total solar eclipse have a big surprise awaiting them on Monday afternoon, biologists say.

Zoos, aquariums and other wildlife parks see the celestial phenomenon as a special research opportunity to observe how birds and mammals react when the moon's shadow blots out most of the sun's light in the middle of the day, experts say.

The South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, the last spot over which the total eclipse will pass during its coast-to-coast journey, will carefully monitor the behavior of creatures during the minute and 36 seconds when the area goes dark.

Biologists have set up video cameras in the Salt Marsh Aviary and Mountain Forest exhibits to gather data.

In general, researchers are not particularly concerned that the sudden mid-afternoon darkness will upset animals too much even though the eclipse's approach will come as a complete surprise to them.

'A little bit of excitement in the days of the animals is a good thing,' said aviculturist Monty Wallace. 'You don't want the same thing happening to you everyday.'

Past solar eclipses have left animals appearing confused, with the disappearing sunlight throwing off their circadian rhythms, research shows.
Birds at Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park fell silent while others flew in the direction of their roosts during an eclipse in 2001, while hippos 'paused and looked nervous,' according to a study published in the journal Astronomy and Geophysics.

The Charleston aquarium's aviary exhibit is home to two pelicans, six different types of ducks, two white ibises, two types of seagulls and two herons.
One of them, a yellow-crowned night heron, is nocturnal, while the other, a little blue heron, is active during the day.

'I'm interested to see the different behaviors that they would have naturally occurring but at a wrong time of the day, being in the middle of the day when the eclipse happens,' Wallace said.





California Power grid managers say they've been preparing extensively for more than a year for this Monday's solar eclipse and that by ramping up other sources of power, mainly hydroelectric and natural gas, they are confident nobody will lose power or see a spike in energy prices



The nocturnal heron may forage for food instead of hiding in a tree, its normal daytime behavior, the biologist said, while the little blue heron may take refuge in the trees out of fear of nocturnal predators.

Kendle Enter, who works as the animal behaviorist senior biologist at the aquarium, is not expecting any changes in the behavior of two river otters in the Mountain Forest exhibit.

At midday on Monday, when the moon's shadow will begin to cross the sun in Charleston, the otters are usually sleeping, she said. Totality is expected at 2.46pm, after the otters awaken from their naps.

'They're either going to sleep through it or they're going to wake up, expecting their food,' Enter said.

On its website, NASA recommends solar eclipse watchers find out for themselves how animals behave during the eclipse by simply observing pets or local wildlife.

An app called iNaturalist is available to record observations and submit them online to compile a database about animal behavior during the eclipse.

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Earth Re: PhOtOs=Total Lunar ECLIPSE >Monday, 21 August 2017

Millions Watched Eclipse as Totality Swept Eastwards Across the US in Celestial Event-of-a-Lifetime

  • Eclipse has finished its trajectory, traveling from Oregon to South Carolina some 90 minutes later
  • The deepest part of the shadow, or umbra, cast by the moon fell over a 70-mile-wide, 2,500-mile-long 'path of totality' traversing 14 states
  • The first total solar eclipse to sweep across America from coast to coast in 99 years
  • Experts advised people to wear proper protective eyewear or risk lasting blind spots during the eclipse
  • Many in the Midwest missed the eclipse as rain, cloud and even fog is predicted over several states
Daily Mail UK, 22 Aug 2017






A total eclipse of the moon: A composite image of nine pictures shows the progression of a partial solar eclipse near Banner, Wyoming, U.S





Darkness swept across the US on Monday as the eclipse traveled from coast to coast, ending just before 3pm EDT in South Carolina (pictured, the total eclipse in Oregon)





At one point, a plane was highlighted against the darkened sun, illuminated only by the solar corona





Within a couple of minutes the sun began peeking out from behind the moon as it carried on its trajectory over Oregon





The total solar eclipse is the first to sweep across America, stretching from coast to coast, in 99 years





Oregonians caught its first glimpse of eclipse this morning. Pictured is the eclipse taken from Depoe Bay, Oregon, this morning





The International Space Station can clearly be seen in front of the sun, and moon, in this stunning image






A partial solar eclipse is seen near the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York, Monday





People gathered near Redmond, Oregon, to view the sun as it neared a total eclipse by the moon on Monday



The temperature dropped and birds quieted down as the line of darkness raced across the continent. In Boise, Idaho, people clapped and whooped, and the street lights came on briefly in the middle of the day, while in Nashville, Tennessee, people craned the necks at the sun and knocked back longneck beers at Nudie's Honky Tonk bar.

This is the first time America has experienced a coast to coast, total solar eclipse in 99 years.

'The show has just begun, people! What a gorgeous day! Isn't this great, people?' Jim Todd, a director at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, told a crowd of thousands at an amphitheater in Salem, Oregon, as the moon seemed to take an ever-bigger bite out of the sun and temperature soon dropped noticeably.

Thousands of festival goers also traveled to the Oregon Eclipse Festival at Big Summit Prairie ranch in Oregon's Ochoco National Forest - a seven day international gathering celebrating the total solar eclipse.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) had warned drivers that the eclipse could cause some of the worst traffic jams in the state's history. And traffic along many roads did grind to a halt this morning as many traveled to the state's national parks to try and get an unobscured view of the natural phenomena.

With 200 million people within a day's drive from the path of totality, towns and parks saw big crowds. Clear skies beckoned along most of the route, to the relief of those who feared cloud cover would spoil this once-in-a-lifetime moment.





The lunar shadow of the total solar eclipse entered the United States near Lincoln City, Oregon at 9.05am (PST) and totality began at 10.18am (PST). The eclipse ended in Charleston, South Carolina at 2.48pm (EST), and the lunar shadow left the country at 4.09pm (EST)





The eclipse began on the West Coast in Oregon at 10.19am (PST) and made its way across the country to South Carolina at 2.41pm (EST)
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