What is a Blood Moon?

What is a Blood Moon?

Via Earthsky.org:  The origin of the term is religious, at least according to Christian pastor John Hagee, who wrote a 2013 book about Blood Moons. Meanwhile, both astronomers and some proponents of Christian prophesy are talking about the upcoming lunar tetrad – the series of four total lunar eclipses – beginning on the night of April 14-15. Other … Continue reading

Blood Moon ~ Lunar Eclipse ~ 15 April 2014

Blood Moon ~ Lunar Eclipse ~ 15 April 2014

Originally posted on TIME:
[time-related-module] Millions of people were greeted last night with a strange celestial sighting, the “blood moon” lunar eclipse. The phenomenon occurs when the moon passes into the earth’s shadow and, for about an hour, takes on a reddish hue from the sunlight being refracted around the earth’s horizon. Due to cloud…

Celestial Event Calendar for 2014

Celestial Event Calendar for 2014

January 1 – New Moon. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 11:14 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere. January 2, 3 – Quadrantids Meteor … Continue reading

Van Allen Radiation Belts

Van Allen Radiation Belts

Van Allen Probes Find Storage Ring in Earth’s Outer Radiation Belt Since their discovery over 50 years ago, the Earth’s Van Allen radiation belts have been considered to consist of two distinct zones of trapped, highly energetic charged particles. Observations from NASA’s Van Allen Probes reveal an isolated third ring in the outer radiation belt. … Continue reading

The Moon and Phases for 2013

The Moon and Phases for 2013

The presence of the Moon moderates Earth’s wobble on its axis, leading to a relatively stable climate over billions of years. From Earth, we always see the same face of the Moon because the Moon rotates once on its own axis in the same time that it travels once around Earth (called synchronous rotation). The … Continue reading