Missing Moon Rocks

December 11, 2011 by staff 

Missing Moon Rocks, NASA’s latest announcement will be overshadowed by a total lunar eclipse Saturday. National Geographic News reports that Saturday’s total lunar eclipse will be the last of its type until 2014. NASA has an information website for those wishing to learn more about the dates of upcoming lunar and solar eclipses.

“As the entire moon passes through the Earth’s shadow cast by the sun in space, sunlight scattering off our planet’s dusty atmosphere and subsequently reflecting off the surface of the moon will make it appear to change color,” Raminder Singh Samra, an astronomer at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, said about the upcoming total lunar eclipse, according to National Geographic News.

People on the West Coast will have to wake up early in order to see the total lunar eclipse. At 5am PDT, “the Earth’s shadow will start to take a bite out of the full moon,” NASA astronomer Tony Phillips said, according to The Seattle Times.

“For people in the western United States, the eclipse is deepest just before local dawn,” NASA scientists said in a statement about the total lunar eclipse.

“Face west to see the red moon sinking into the horizon as the sun rises behind your back. It’s a rare way to begin your day,” NASA scientists added.

By the time that the total lunar eclipse is in full swing, the moon will appear to be an orange or red color.

“Not only will the moon be beautifully red, it will also be inflated by the moon illusion,” NASA scientists professed.

“For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects,” NASA scientists added.

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