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Americas get front-row seat for lunar eclipse

By Marcia Dunn, Associated Press

Published: Tue, April 8 3:56 p.m. MDT

 A partial lunar eclipse is seen in the sky over Manila, Philippines, Monday, June 4, 2012. Next Tuesday morning, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth's shadow. This lunar eclipse will be visible across the Western Hemisphere. The total phase will last 78 minutes.

A partial lunar eclipse is seen in the sky over Manila, Philippines, Monday, June 4, 2012. Next Tuesday morning, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth's shadow. This lunar eclipse will be visible across the Western Hemisphere. The total phase will last 78 minutes.

(Aaron Favila, Associated Press)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year.

Next Tuesday morning, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth's shadow. This total lunar eclipse will be visible across the Western Hemisphere. The total phase will last 78 minutes, beginning at 3:06 a.m. EDT and ending at 4:24 a.m. EDT.

The moon will be rising in the western Pacific, and so only the last half of the eclipse will be visible there. In much of Europe and Africa, the moon will be setting, so there won't be much, if anything, to see.

On April 29, the Southern Hemisphere will be treated to a rare type of solar eclipse.

In all, four eclipses will occur this year, two lunar and two solar.

Tuesday's lunar eclipse may damage a NASA spacecraft that's been circling the moon since fall. But no worries: it's near the end of its mission.

The robotic orbiter LADEE (LA'-dee) was never designed to endure a lengthy eclipse. Scientists don't know if it will withstand the prolonged cold of the hours-long eclipse.

Even if it freezes up, LADEE will crash into the far side of the moon the following week as planned, after successfully completing its science mission. In an online contest, NASA is asking the public to guess the impact time. Scientists expect LADEE's doomsday to occur on or before April 21.

LADEE stands for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer. The science-collecting portion of the mission went into overtime at the beginning of March.

Online:

NASA: http://1.usa.gov/NFJLGE

LADEE: http://www.nasa.gov/LADEE/

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1. David G Woolley
Bountiful, UT,
April 8, 2014

The lunar eclipses coming this year are unique for a number of technical and prophetic reasons. Beginning April 15th of this year with the first full lunar eclipse and ending in September of 2015 with the fourth eclipses, the moon will pass entirely into the shadow of the earth four times in a row without any intervening partial eclipses--an astronomical event known as a lunar tetrad.

During an eclipse earth's shadow acts more like prism. As light from the sun bends around the earth's periphery it casts an orange colored shadow closer in, then a red shadow in the middle distance zone, and further out the shadow is black (the absence of light). During all four of the coming eclipses, the moon is in a position on its elliptical orbit to pass through the dark red zone of the earth's shadow. A term, in the jargon of NASA and the astronomy community in general, not to mention Jewish Rabbis who calculate the dates on the Hebrew calendar revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Old Testament, known as Four Blood Moons.

(out of words, see next post)

2. Dr. G
Bountiful, UT,
April 8, 2014

(continued from previous post)

The first blood moon of the coming lunar tetrad is April 15th which also happens to be the Jewish Passover, the first of three spring-time holy days which prefigure the gathering of Israel in the days Jesus Christ.

The second blood moon in the tetrad takes place on October 8th of this year, which is also the day of the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, the last of the three fall high holy days which prefigure the gathering of Israel in the last days.

The third eclipse occurs on April 4th, 2015, which also happens to be Passover.

The fourth eclipse occurs on September 28th, 2015, which is also the Feast of Tabernacles.

Between the first two blood moons this year, and the last two blood moons next year, a full solar eclipse of the sun takes place on March 20th.

According to Jewish teachings, a blood moon is a warning of war to Israel, while a solar eclipse is a warning of war to the entire world. It is also the time when God moves from His seat of mercy to his seat of judgement.

3. J-TX
Allen, TX,
April 9, 2014

Thanks, Dr. G. Good read.