Sky-watchers' Guide: Lunar Eclipse Thursday

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National Geographic News, By: Andrew Fazekas, 04/24/2013


A partial lunar eclipse, seen from Loudwater, Bucks, United Kingdom.


The full moon will get a tiny bite taken out of it on Thursday as it undergoes one of the shallowest and shortest partial eclipses of this century. Here's what you need to know about the rare lunar event.


A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth, and moon align. During total lunar eclipses, the entire moon is engulfed in Earth's darkest shadow. But during partial eclipses, the moon never completely goes dark or turns red—only a portion of its disk appears to go dim.


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Livestream of Venus transit via NASA: watch live!

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Nasa is broadcasting the transit of Venus live:

In the early 1600's mankind actually figured out the distance to Venus, and indeed the size of the entire Universe, during the event that is about to occur...but that is a long story for another day. For now...people around the world are gathered once again to watch this incredible event, which will be broadcast live by NASA.

The Venus transit is also the beginning of a new cycle, one which heralds the return of the Divine Feminine, according to New Age beliefs. Thousands of people around the world will be meditating on world peace, love, and abundance for all. If you are interested in joining the video link above provides times for each specific time zone.

Here is another link to watch the Venus transit from Keck University.


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