Stellar super sight

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Stellar super sight

Chris Lang

Chris Lang

Chris Lang

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The super moon and the lunar eclipse combine to make the super blood moon, also known as the perigee full moon. This super blood moon occurs when the moon is the nearest it can get to the earth during its orbit will combine with a lunar eclipse, which places the moon in earth’s shadow. Separately a lunar eclipse and the moon appearing larger than normal aren’t rare, but together they are. According to NASA, this last happened over 30 years ago in 1982 and after occurring on the evening of September 28th, will not happen again for 18 years in 2033. The opportunity to see this is rare, but if you didn’t have the chance to be outside to see the super blood moon, NASA has you covered. NASA live streamed the super blood moon from 8:00pm to 11:30pm from Huntsville, Alabama’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The super blood moon was predicted to appear 14x larger and 30x brighter. According to NASA scientist Sarah Noble, “You’re basically seeing all of the sunrises and sunsets across the world, all at once, being reflected off the surface of the moon.”

Viewing events were held throughout the world in places like New York at Intrepid Museum along the Hudson River an event was held with high quality telescopes and astronomers and there was a live webcast the Slooh Community Observatory. Some people wonder if we should be concerned with Earth’s future. “People get worried about this stuff all the time and nothing ever happens,” said one sophomore.

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