It’s the Moon’s turn to shine next week, coming on the heels of the solar eclipse last August. Serendipity strikes on Wednesday, Jan. 31 as a total lunar eclipse will happen at the same time as a supermoon and a blue Moon. This lunar trifecta is the first of its kind in 35 years and will not occur again until 2037.
Join NASA scientists from 6:00-11:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 30 – the day before the rare event – to find out how your viewers can experience the ‘Super, Blue, Blood Moon’ and learn more about our closest celestial neighbor.
People around the world will experience a bigger and brighter Moon caused by the Moon’s closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit. Viewers in the central and western U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Asia will get the added bonus of seeing a lunar eclipse – giving the Moon a copper glow. NASA scientists are using the lunar eclipse as an opportunity to study what happens when the Moon goes from baking in the Sun to being in the cold shadow of the Earth. A blue Moon occurs on the second full Moon of a calendar month. The chance alignment happens once in a ‘blue Moon.’
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1. What is the best way to watch the ‘Super, Blue Blood Moon?’
2. How rare is the combination of a lunar eclipse, super and blue Moon?
3. NASA has been studying the Moon with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter – or LRO – for eight years. What has been most surprising about NASA’s observations of the Moon?
4. How can NASA’s understanding of our Moon lead to further space exploration?
5. Where can we learn more about our Moon and NASA’s observations of it?
Questions for longer interviews:
1. What does the lunar eclipse mean for a spacecraft orbiting the Moon?
2. During the total solar eclipse, people in the path of totality experienced a drop in temperature. How will the temperature on the Moon be affected by this eclipse?
3. The 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 is approaching. What is there left to learn about the Moon?
4. When will this unusual combination of a lunar eclipse, super and blue Moon occur again?
Live Shot Details:
Location: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Greenbelt, Maryland
Dr. Noah Petro / NASA Scientist / LRO Deputy Project Scientist
Dr. Michelle Thaller / NASA Scientist
Dr. Jake Bleacher / NASA Scientist
Dr. Geronimo Villanueva / NASA Scientist [en Español]