Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Spica, Mars, and Eclipsed Moon
Posted on 04/15/2014 10:01:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: A beautiful, reddened Moon slid through dark skies on April 15, completely immersed in Earth's shadow for well over an hour. It was the year's first total lunar eclipse and was widely enjoyed over the planet's Western Hemisphere. Seen from the Caribbean island of Barbados, the dimmed lunar disk is captured during totality in this colorful skyview. The dark Moon's red color contrasts nicely with bright bluish star Spica, alpha star of the constellation Virgo, posing only about two degrees away. Brighter than Spica and about 10 degrees from the Moon on the right, Mars is near opposition and closest approach to Earth. The Red Planet's own ruddy hue seems to echo the color of the eclipsed Moon.
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[Credit & Copyright: Damian Peach]
it was a red, white and blue nite! and totally awesome !
Here it was just overcast.
STAR NAMED FOR HILLARY
I saw a TOTAL Eclipse for two nights in a row!
:’) Yeah, for six months out of the year here in Michigan, EVERY Moon is a “blood moon”.
Yeah, said Hagrid, but have yeh seen anythin, Ronan? Anythin unusual?
Mars is bright tonight, Ronan repeated while Hagrid watched him impatiently. Unusually bright.
I hope someone lets the [cough] lovely lady know you have honored her fat e$$ so beautifully.
Overcast here, so your APOD is particularly appreciated today, Mr. Civilizations.
You’re the best.
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For this one night then, the time-honored adage becomes:
Arc to Arcturus, mosey past Mars, speed on to Spica, and meander to the maroon Moon.
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