Everything you need to know about checking the four upcoming lunar eclipses here.
Just in case some of you guys were curious what the different types of Lunar eclipses were, here’s a neat little gif-tastic diagram of the three types. Also handy is a calendar for the next ones, although the majority of America won’t be able to see a full total eclipse again until 2017.
The first of four eclipses in a series, the Lunar Saros 122. A saros is a fancy way of determining patters in relation to time relating to Earth-Moon solar geometry, so I present to you a Wikipedia article on the topic. For this eclipse cycle, though, their are no intervening partial eclipses of the Moon.
International Day of Human Space Flight
An outer space view of the Colorado River, surrounded by part of Arizona and Utah. The photo was taken from the space shuttle orbiter Columbia during the first space transportation system test mission, 04/12/1981
April 12 is the anniversary of two milestones in space exploration, Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's voyage as the first human into space on 4/12/1961 and the first Space Shuttle mission, by the Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbiaon 4/12/1981 (STS-1). This photograph was taken taken on the first day of the mission.
In recognition of Gagarins’ historic first mission, April 12 is now commemorated as the International Day of Human Space Flight.
Light is not playing a trick on your eyes - in between the blazing night lights of China on the left and South Korea on the right - 25 million Earthlings of North Korea in the dark. This picture was taken by a human living and working on the International Space Station 30 January 2014. Credit: NASA
This very detailed enhanced-colour image from European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope shows the dramatic effects of very young stars on the dust and gas from which they were born in the star-forming region NGC 6729. The baby stars are invisible in this picture, being hidden behind dust clouds at the upper left of the picture, but material they are ejecting is crashing into the surroundings.
Credit: ESO/Sergey Stepanenko
Reflect that we, humans, have walked on the surface of that moon. We have robotic probes surveying its celestial nature, and a robotic emissary collecting data/samples toward the purpose of establishing further presence, study and establishment as a mutual segue and springboard unto other worlds.
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