A Pleasure to See the Moon Passing into Earth’s Shadow During a Partial Solar Eclipse of the Hunter’s Moon
When the moon passes between the sun and Earth for the second time this year, it will block most light from the sun and cast its shadow onto our planet, resulting in a bright, fiery crescent shape in the sky.
A partial lunar eclipse of the hunter’s moon on October 28 will be visible to those in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, parts of North America and much of South America. The moon passes into the shadow when the sun, Earth and moon are not completely aligned.
During the eclipse, the moon will be close to Earth in its perigee position, and thus will appear larger than usual.
Those who can view the eclipse near the maximum will be able to see a crescent-shaped sun pointed upward, almost as if there were a bite taken out of it, according to Michael Kirk, the principal investigator of NASA’s Heliophysics Education Activation Team.
This is a good thing about lunar eclipses. You don’t really need anything except your eyes. The moon is a bright object, so you don’t need a particularly dark place to view the event,” Sterling said. “And the shadings, the beautiful red color that you see during the eclipse, you can see anywhere, even in the middle of a city.”
Even if the sun is covered by the moon, it is still not safe to look at it without protection. The American Astronomical Society said that it is important to wear proper eclipse glasses if you have eye protection that meets international standards.
When the sun, Earth and moon are all aligned and the moon passes into Earth’s shadow, a lunar eclipse can occur. The moon is covered in two shadows during the eclipse. The penumbra is a partial shadow; the umbra is the full shadow.
While this partial solar eclipse and total lunar eclipse will be the last to see for the remainder of 2022, there are other space happenings to eye in the sky this year. Two more full moons will fall on November 8 (the Beaver moon) and December 7 (the Cold moon), and there are five more meteor showers on the calendar too, according to EarthSky’s 2022 meteor shower guide:
A total lunar eclipse will occur before dawn on Election Day, when the full moon will start to turn a shade of red.
The moon won’t disappear when it goes into Earth’s shadow. The event is referred to as a “blood moon” due to the fact that sunlight makes the moon red in a dramatic fashion.
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“They aren’t that common, so it’s always nice to get a hold of them when you can,” said Dr. Alphonse Sterling, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. I think they are useful for people who want to get into astronomy.
Every first full moon of November is called the beaver moon in honor of the semiaquatic rodents. This is the time of year when beavers begin to take shelter after storing their food for the winter, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. The moon will be at its fullest at 6:03 a.m.
“The whole half of the earth that is in night during the period when the moon falls into the shadow can see it. So basically, it’s available to half the world.”
Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be a rusty or brick-colored red. The most dominant color of light is red as it casts itself on the moon because of the stronger atmosphere scattering blue light through.
If you live in an urban area, you might want to go to a place that doesn’t have as much light as the city. If you’re able to find an area unaffected by light pollution, meteors could be visible every couple of minutes from late evening until dawn.
A comet discovered in March 2022 will make its closest approach to the sun on January 12, according to NASA. The comet, spotted by astronomers using the Zwicky Transient Facility at the Palomar Observatory in San Diego County, California, is named C/2022 E3 (ZTF) and will make its closest pass of Earth on February 2.
The comet should be visible in the morning sky through binoculars in the Northern Hemisphere, and in the Southern Hemisphere in early February.
The International Space Station can be seen in the sky on any given day. And if you ever want to know what planets are visible in the morning or evening sky, check The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s calculator.
The Quadrantid Shower: The Second Full Moon in One Month and Its Predictions for Italy, South America, and Italy Using EarthSky
The second full moon in one month is known as a blue moon, like the phrase “once in a blue moon,” according to NASA. Most months in the calendar are between 30 and 31 days, so the moon phases aren’t always aligned. This results in a blue moon about every 2.5 years.
The phenomenon happens when the moon is within 90 degrees of Earth’s perigee. By that definition, the full moon for July will also be considered a supermoon event, according to EarthSky.
While these are popular names associated with a month’s full moon, each one is considered by Native American tribes to be special.
The eclipse will happen on May 5 for Africa, Asia and Australia. This less dramatic version of a lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves through the penumbra, or the faint, outer part of Earth’s shadow.
Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be a rusty or brick-colored red. This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and casts it on the moon.
The Quadrantid shower is expected to peak between January 3 and 4 for those in North America.
Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness — without looking at your phone! — so the meteors will be easier to spot.
Predictions for the shower’s peak range from 10:40 p.m. to 1:40 a.m. ET (3:40 a.m. to 6:40 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time). The earlier time is more favorable for those in the eastern part of North America than it is for those in Europe. Because the shower doesn’t rise high enough in the sky before dawn, it will not be possible to see it in the Southern Hemisphere.
Check the Time and Date site to see if you are able to view the event, or you can take a look for yourself. The shower will be streamed over Rome by the Virtual Telescope Project.
The name of the shower is not related to a constellation, so it sounds odd. The name of the constellation doesn’t exist anymore, and it’s not a recognized constellation.
The constellation Quadrans Muralis, first observed and noted in 1795 between Boötes and Draco, is no longer included in the International Astronomical Union’s list of modern constellations because it’s considered obsolete and isn’t used as a landmark for celestial navigation anymore, according to EarthSky.
The Nightmare Observation of the Venus-Jupiter Crossover in the U.S. and the Sugar Moon Worm
The best time to observe the conjunction between Jupiter and Venus in the US will be early evening of Wednesday, but the two planets will appear close together in the night sky on Thursday. The conjunction will be visible to the naked eye.
Conjunctions between planets happen frequently because the celestial bodies orbit around the sun in approximately the same plane as one another and trace similar paths across our sky.
The two planets would appear in the sky at 6:56 pm on the eastern side of the United States according to NASA.
Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society in the United Kingdom, said they are expected to be approximately half a degree apart.
After the moon, Jupiter and Venus are currently the brightest objects in the sky, according to Gianluca Masi, an astronomer at the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory in Italy and head of the Virtual Telescope Project. He has organized a live feed to watch “the kiss between Venus and Jupiter.”
On March 7th, Venus, Jupiter and Mars will be seen in the night sky during the next full moon. It is also known as the sugar moon worm or the crow.