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After a few years of no eclipses in Southern California, on April 15th, our patience will be rewarded with a RARE TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE!!! The middle of the eclipse (the best part!) will be 12:45 am (Early morning of Tuesday April 15th). The start of the eclpes (umbra) will be 10:57 pm PDT April 14th The FULL MOON plunges into the Earth's shadow. Since Earth has an atmosphere, the rays of the sun bends through the air and hits the darkened moon surface. The wavelengths that are bend (or refracted) the most are orange and red! So the moon is faintly colored as a eerie coppery red/orange glow! Sometimes it could be BRIGHT ORANGE, or DARK RED or it could disappear completely! That depends on the clarity of Earth's atmosphere (dust, volcanic ash, etc). What ever it looks like, it's RARE and absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
 
   NEXT MONTHLY MEETING:
Trina Ray
Co-chair for NASA's Titan Orbiter Science Team (TOST)
Friday April 18, 2014, 7:15pm
Moorpark College Forum
Topic: Mysterious Titan




PUBLIC STAR PARTY: Moorpark College Observatory:
Saturday April 19, 8-10pm

      
  
 
 
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