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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Spica, Mars, and Eclipsed Moon
| April 16, 2014
| (see photo credit)
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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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; lunareclipse; mars; moon; science; spica
[Credit & Copyright: Damian Peach]
posted on 04/15/2014 10:01:21 PM PDT
To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
posted on 04/15/2014 10:02:00 PM PDT
it was a red, white and blue nite! and totally awesome !
posted on 04/15/2014 10:08:48 PM PDT
Here it was just overcast.
posted on 04/15/2014 10:21:15 PM PDT
posted on 04/15/2014 10:35:17 PM PDT
by doug from upland
(Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
I saw a TOTAL Eclipse for two nights in a row!
posted on 04/16/2014 4:55:52 AM PDT
(Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
To: doug from upland
posted on 04/16/2014 6:23:15 AM PDT
:’) Yeah, for six months out of the year here in Michigan, EVERY Moon is a “blood moon”.
posted on 04/16/2014 6:23:57 AM PDT
Yeah, said Hagrid, but have yeh seen anythin, Ronan? Anythin unusual?
Mars is bright tonight, Ronan repeated while Hagrid watched him impatiently. Unusually bright.
posted on 04/16/2014 7:01:39 AM PDT
by null and void
(The British declared war on the Tea Party. The Tea Party won! (Thanks mom!))
To: doug from upland
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.
Thanks SC. Tried to see it live, but couldn't get my butt out of bed...ah well...
posted on 04/16/2014 8:38:08 AM PDT
(I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
" ... "
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.
posted on 04/16/2014 2:28:50 PM PDT
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