Total Lunar Eclipse on May 26, 2021

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What is a Total Lunar Eclipse?

During a total lunar eclipse, the earth’s shadow falls across the moon’s face as the earth moves between the moon and the sun, and the moon is completely covered by earth shadow. The moon and the sun will then be lining up on exactly opposite sides of our planet.

This will be a total eclipse of the full moon and will also be a Super Moon which is when the moon is at its closest point to the earth. The moon will pass through the earth’s shadow.  The earth’s shadow is made up of two cone shaped components. The outer shadow is where the earth blocks part of the sun’s rays while the inner shadow, known as the umbra, is where the earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the moon.

According to NASA, if you make a point of watching the event tonight you may be in for a treat.  A total eclipse of the moon can often be a beautiful and interesting event.  There can be a number of secondary phenomena, especially during the time that the moon is entering and then emerging from the earth shadow.   This is why it is called a “Super Flower Blood Moon”.

When to see the Total Lunar Eclipse

The blood moon stage will occur at peak totality, which tonight will be at 11:16 GMT.

Total Lunar Eclipse May 26, 2021

The total lunar eclipse will be fully visible along the East Coast of Australia. The event will begin at 6:47 PM Brisbane time and reach the maximum eclipse at 9:18 PM Brisbane time. The eclipse will finish at 11:49 PM and the total duration will be 5 hours and two minutes.

Try not to miss this exciting and unique event, being a total eclipse of a supermoon, the first since January 2019.

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Lunar Missions

Australia to support the US Space Program

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Australia supports the NASA mission to Mars

Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has announced that $150 million dollars will be set aside as a commitment by Australia to support the planned US mission to Mars.

After attending a State Dinner with US President Trump, Scott Morrison visited Nasa on 20th September 2019 and took the opportunity to make the announcement that the commitment will strengthen the ties between Australian business and NASA.

The investment in Australian business and technology will support NASA’s plans to launch expeditions to both the moon and to Mars.

Mr Morrison said that Australian businesses and researchers have “immense knowledge and capabilities in projects that can support NASA’s Moon to Mars mission, such as Project Artemis and the Lunar Gateway”.  He went on to state that…

“The Australian Space Agency will work closely with Nasa to identify how they can best support their missions, after the signing of a joint statement of intent on expanding cooperation”.

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