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Moonday – Eclipse! April 14, 2014

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Happy Monday – tonight (starting at about 9:54 pm PDT and peaking at about 12:40 am PDT) is the first full lunar eclipse of a set of 4 that will occur about every six months.  How cool is that?

http://earthsky.org/tonight/total-lunar-eclipse-for-the-americas-on-night-of-april-14-15

The moon will turn blood red during the eclipse as the moon travels through Earth’s shadow.

And that’s not all:  Mars will be right above it, the brightest it will be all year (as tonight will be when Mars and Earth are the closest they will be during their annual trips around the sun).

Here are some pics to entice you outside tonight (from the article linked above):

eclipse-lunar-2004-Fred-Espenak

Rusty Red moon!  Why is it red?  Earth’s atmosphere’s glow!  It’s like the moon will be reflecting all the sunsets and sunrises of the world.

Here’s where Mars will be relative to the moon:

2014-april-14-text-mars-moon-night-sky-chart-300x300

Mars also has its own moons: Phobos and Deimos (Fear and Panic – named by their discoverer Asaph Hall in 1877 after the sons of Ares).

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pic credit:  http://christa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/phobosdeimos.jpg

Wishing you all clear skies for viewing this amazing celestial event!