Lunar Eclipse Tonight!

I’ve been hearing everywhere that there is a lunar eclipse tonight (October 18, 2013), and that I should be looking out for it!  But what is a lunar eclipse?  Well very simply, a lunar eclipse occurs when the moon falls into the earth’s shadow.  It can only happen during a full moon, and it lasts for a few hours.  The peak time of this lunar eclipse is at 7:50 E.D.T., so make sure you take a look!  The neat thing about lunar eclipses is that when the moon falls into the earth’s shadow the moon will appear red!  Definitely a sight worth seeing!

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Solar Eclipse Image Courtesy of moonzoo.com

Now I’d heard the terms lunar eclipse and solar eclipse.  And I found myself curious about another eclipse…what is a solar eclipse?  A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and earth, and blocks the sun.  A solar eclipse can only be seen when there is a new moon (which is the first phase of the moon).  The image you see is stunning, and very fleeting.  A solar eclipse can only be seen for a few minutes, whereas a lunar eclipse can be seen for several hours.

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Solar Eclipse Image Courtesy of wikipedia.com

Both of these amazing eclipses are formed thanks to syzygy which is the “straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies in a gravitational system” (thanks, wikipedia!).

And a fun fact for all my theatre nerds out there:  The musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, starts with Rona Lisa Peretti’s flashback of spelling the word “syzygy” correctly to win the third annual spelling bee!  :)

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