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I got an email to from my new friend Dan Tanner about a Lunar Eclipse on Saturday 3rd March. I’m not a huge follower of Astronomy so I had no idea. Good looking out Dan 🙂 . Eclipses are always fascinating, people from all walks look to the sky during a eclipse.

Astronauts on the moon are going to experience eclipses typically once or twice a year: Earth glides in front of the sun turning lunar day into a strange kind of ruddy night. It’ll be one of the highlights of any lunar tour.

The charm of the eclipse comes from Earth. Our planet is big enough by a factor of three to block the entire sun but, curiously, this doesn’t cause complete darkness. Rays of sunlight bend around the edge of Earth, filtering through the atmosphere. As seen from the moon, the edge of Earth lights up like a sunset-red ring of fire—one of the most beautiful sights in the solar system.

Can’t wait until 2025? The next eclipse is right around the corner: Saturday, March 3, 2007. Stuck on Earth, we can’t see the ring of fire, but we can see the red glow it produces on the moon. The phenomenon will be visible from parts of all seven continents including the eastern half of North America.

Visibility map

Above is a visibility map on where the lunar eclipse can be seen.Credit:Credit: Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC.

Observing tip: Find a place with a clear view of the eastern horizon and station yourself there at sunset. As the sun goes down behind you, a red moon will rise before your eyes.Enjoy ❗

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