In this episode, we talk about what happens in the shadows around our planet, from the phases of the Moon to why eclipses can turn our satellite blood red!
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ChrisQuestion. You know, sometimes people get really excited because there’s a lunar eclipse. On a clear night, you can look up and you can see this lunar eclipse, which is effectively from my knowledge, the shadow of the Earth on the Moon.
ChrisRight. So you know how, at any given time of the year, you look up, and you see the moon and it’s in different phases, you can see the tiny little New Moon, or you can see a half moon or whatever it is, yeah, half of the moon, or whatever percentage of the moon, you cannot see is effectively in shadow. Does that not make every phase of the moon an eclipse?
AlfredoThat’s an interesting question, but I think it’s a semantic question rather than an astronomical one, in the sense of how we define an eclipse.
ChrisMaybe I should start running these questions past you before we record…!
AlfredoNo, no, no! Okay. I ...