Double Show: So You Can See Eclipses And Supermoons From Latin America

2021-05-25   |   by CusiGO

In the early hours of Wednesday, May 26, a total lunar eclipse can be seen from several regions of North America, Latin America and Southeast Asia, which is consistent with the largest and brightest super moon of the year. The duo show will start at 04:45 Mexico and Columbia time and peak at 06:11, when observers will see a full red moon for 15 minutes.

The supermoon can be seen all over the earth, but the total eclipse is only visible in the Western continents of the United States and Canada, Mexico, most of Central America, some parts of Colombia and Ecuador, Western Peru, southern Chile and Argentina. Partial solar eclipses, which occur when the moon enters and leaves the earth’s shadow, will be visible in the eastern United States and Canada, before the moon sets in the morning, and at night from India, Nepal, Western China, and Mongolia. Observers in eastern Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii, will see total and partial eclipses. If you don’t see the eclipse from your location, you can explore it with NASA’s science visualization studio.

“The last time that the same double phenomenon that will be observed this morning happened was more than 400 years ago,” explains Francisco andolz, Mission Director of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center The moon orbits the planet in an elliptical orbit. Our satellite passes through the perigee twice a year, the closest point to the earth. That moment is called the super moon. Matching with total solar eclipses doesn’t happen very often Andorraz clarified that a similar situation was observed in 2015 because the moon was close to perigee, but not as close to the nearest point as it is today.

NASA scientists say that when there is a super moon, the visual effect makes the moon we see from Earth 14% larger than the moon we usually see. ” “If we compare the appearance of the moon at the apogee (farthest from the earth), the visual difference is almost 30 percent,” he said

Besides looking big and bright, the moon will turn red this morning. The explanation for this phenomenon is simple. Juan Diego Soler, an astrophysicist at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, said, “the light on the surface of the moon is the light produced by the sun after it passes through the earth’s atmosphere.” The earth’s atmosphere deflects the shortest wavelength (corresponding to purple and blue), while the longest wavelength (corresponding to red) is allowed to pass through. ”

That’s why this morning we will see all the sunrise and sunset in the world reflected to the surface of the moon in a flash. During an eclipse, the more dust or clouds in the earth’s atmosphere, the redder the moon.

This morning’s double phenomenon is a good opportunity to learn about Artemis’ destination, NASA’s next manned mission to the moon in 2024, and the first manned mission by a woman. Andolz explained that Artemis will stay on the surface of the moon for one circle with four people, which will be the first step in establishing a lunar station and a space base around the moon, and will eventually serve as a starting point for Mars and other parts of the solar system.

“Through this mission, we hope to find a favorable place to build a lunar base. We are investigating where titanium, aluminum, iron and other materials are available and using these resources to build nuclear power plants. He added: “in addition, we are identifying where there is water. We know that there is water not only at the poles, but also in different parts of the surface

Calculations from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has studied the satellite for 12 years, show that there may be a water charge for every two to three cubic meters on earth. ” It’s very small, but it’s useful, “the scientist said. We know we’re going to have water to drink, which can be converted into oxygen and hydrogen to breathe, and to make fuel for the coming rockets. ”

The orbiter, which emits images, radiation levels and temperature levels, also shows that the coldest point in the entire solar system is on the moon The temperature of the moon’s Antarctic crater has never exceeded – 240 degrees Celsius. That’s why we’re analyzing places that don’t have extreme climates, “andorraz explained.

Soller said that the Artemis mission is very important because “human beings have not ventured to cross the orbit of our planet for nearly half a century. If we want to see human beings on the surface of Mars one day, manned landing on the moon is a necessary intermediate step.”.

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