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Lunar Eclipse April 2015 Stargazing Skywatching Astronomy For Kids Ep 2

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 Stargazing Skywatching Astronomy For Kids Ep 2


A total lunar eclipse is coming this month!
It’s Time For Stargazing, Skywatching, and Astronomy of The Night Sky April 2015. On April 4 be on the lookout for a total lunar
eclipse. A lunar eclipse takes place on the night of
a full moon, when the moon is on the opposite side of Earth from the Sun and the moon passes
into Earth’s shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth and
moon are all aligned. An eclipse begins when the moon first moves
into the less-dense part of Earth’s shadow–what astronomers call the penumbra–then into the
deepest shadow–or umbra. The April 4 lunar eclipse covers the Pacific
and can be seen from parts of Australia, New Zealand and eastern Asia to the western parts
of North America. Here are the times for the various stages
of the lunar eclipse on the West Coast of the United States. On the East Coast the eclipse begins near
dawn, and the moon will set before the eclipse has ended. The total eclipse–the brief phase when the
entire surface of the moon is obscured–will last about 12 minutes. For those on the West Coast, the eclipse will
end at 6:45 in the morning. Later in April you can enjoy other ways of
seeing the moon. It pairs with the Pleiades and Venus on the 20th and 21st and passes
below bright Jupiter on the 25th to the 27th. Another sky treat this month is the Lyrid
meteor shower, which peaks in the early morning of April 23. The constellation Lyra, the point in the sky
where the meteors appear to radiate from, will be above the horizon before midnight
and high overhead by dawn local time for Northern Hemisphere observers. You’ll see more meteors when the radiant is
higher: between 4 a.m. and dawn. Based on observations from the past two years,
you can expect to see 15 to 20 meteors per hour. Perhaps more! Original video and script courtesy of Jane
Houston Jones and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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