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Across The Universe - Total Solar Lunar Eclipse

14 Feb 2018, 13:49 UTC
Across The Universe - Total Solar Lunar Eclipse
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Total Solar Lunar Eclipse: Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe isfeatured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.2018 February 9 Explanation: This digitally processed and composited picturecreatively compares two famous eclipses in one;the total lunar eclipse (left)of January 31,and the total solar eclipseof August 21,2017.The Moon appears near mid-totality in both the back-to-back total eclipses.Inthe lunar eclipse, its surface remains faintly illuminated in Earth'sdark reddened shadow.But in the solar eclipse the Moon is in silhouetteagainst the Sun's bright disk, wherethe otherwise dark lunar surface is just visible due toearthshine.Also seen in the lunar-aligned image pairare faint stars in the night sky surrounding the eclipsed Moon.Stunning details of prominences and coronal streamers surroundthe eclipsed Sun.The total phase of the Great American Eclipse of August 21 lastedabout 2 minutesor less for locations along the Moon's shadow path.From planet Earth's night side, totality for the Super Blue Blood Moonof January 31 lastedwell over an hour.ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

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