CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A full lunar eclipse volition grace the nighttime skies this weekend, providing longer than accustomed thrills for stargazers crossed North and South America.
The celestial enactment unfolds Sunday nighttime into aboriginal Monday morning, with the satellite bathed successful the reflected reddish and orangish hues of Earth’s sunsets and sunrises for astir 1 1/2 hours, 1 of the longest totalities of the decade. It volition beryllium the archetypal alleged humor satellite successful a year.
Observers successful the eastbound fractional of North America and each of Central and South America volition person premier seats for the full show, upwind permitting. Partial stages of the eclipse volition beryllium disposable crossed Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Left out: Alaska, Asia and Australia.
“This is truly an eclipse for the Americas,” said NASA’s Noah Petro, a planetary geologist who specializes successful the moon. “It’s going to beryllium a treat.”
All you need, helium noted, are “patience and eyeballs.”
A full eclipse occurs erstwhile Earth passes straight betwixt the satellite and the sun, and casts a shadiness connected our constant, cosmic companion. The satellite volition beryllium 225,000 miles (362,000 kilometers) distant astatine the highest of the eclipse — astir midnight connected the U.S. East Coast.
“This is this gradual, slow, fantastic lawsuit that arsenic agelong arsenic it’s wide wherever you are, you get to spot it,” Petro said.
If not, NASA volition supply a livestream of the eclipse from assorted locations; truthful volition the Slooh web of observatories.
There’ll beryllium different lengthy full lunar eclipse successful November, with Africa and Europe lucking retired again, but not the Americas. Then the adjacent 1 isn’t until 2025.
Launched past fall, NASA’s asteroid-seeking Lucy spacecraft volition photograph this weekend’s lawsuit from 64 cardinal miles (103 cardinal kilometers) away, arsenic crushed controllers proceed their effort to hole a escaped star panel.
NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, a geologist, plans to acceptable her alarm timepiece aboriginal aboard the International Space Station.
“Hopefully, we tin beryllium up successful clip and beryllium astatine the close spot astatine the close clip to drawback a bully glimpse,” she told The Associated Press earlier this week.
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