It was too cloudy in College Station to see the eclipse. It's nice that someone was able to capture a magical moment!
Tomorrow night be sure to look up to the sky around 9:47pm CST. A celestial event that has happened only 5 times in the past 100ish years, a lunar eclipse during a supermoon! There hasn't been one in my lifetime yet. The last time one happened was in 1982. A supermoon isn’t any different than any other full moon other than it is at its closest to Earth in its orbit making it 14% larger than usual and lunar eclipses actually aren’t that uncommon, we have already had a total eclipse earlier this year in April. But put them both together and you get something quite special... one big ole red dot in the sky!
*If you don’t believe me and want to see the best times to view the eclipse for yourself you can go to this Eclipse Calculator.
Viewing the Partial Eclipse 20 May 2012
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to view a partial solar eclipse but, on June 5th, the even more elusive Transit of Venus , another type of eclipse which occurs when Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, will be gracing us with its presence. The earth, moon and sun align approximately every 18 years, 10 days, and 8 hours according to Babylonian astronomers who watched eclipses over a 2500 year period, however, seeing some type of solar eclipse is far more common. We experience a partial, annular, hybrid or total eclipse about every 2 years or so (read more about it here). The Transit of Venus is much rarer. Watch this video to find out why we aren’t going to see another Transit of Venus until 2117 even though we saw one in 2004.
Missed the Partial Eclipse and the Transit of Venus? It’s okay. Below is the list of predicted eclipses for 2009-2015. You still have one more chance to see an eclipse this year if you're in Australia or South America.