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welcome back well super moons and a lunar eclipse they don’t happen at the same time very often but this is a chance for you to see both of those things a memory making moment and a learning experience and no one knows how to make learning fun like our friends at the fleet science center so this morning we have julie medina she’s going to be showing us an experiment she’s the one waving right there and then dr lisa will good morning to both of you good morning morning so dr lisa i want to talk to you first you’re the resident astronomer at the fleet science center and astronomy professor for the san diego community college tell us about this unique celestial event what will be happening tomorrow morning well tomorrow morning we’ll be having a total lunar eclipse visible from here in san diego lunar eclipses happen when the moon is full and when the sun lines up directly in line with the earth and the moon so that the earth’s shadow falls on the moon tomorrow is also a super moon which means that the full moon is happening when the moon is at its closest or was close to its closest point and its ellipse around the earth so the moon is a little bit bigger a little bit brighter than usual and you’ll be able to see that on the full moon tonight i love that because our video was lining up exactly with what you were saying so that hopefully will help people understand just how cool this is the super moon lunar eclipse all of this lining up just right and for us on the west coast we’re lucky as long as we are somewhere where the skies are clear so what’s going to be the best place and the best time to view this well the eclipse will be happening tomorrow morning the totality of it will be happening between 4 11 and 4 26 in the morning so you need to be up in the morning it’ll be happen uh happening as the moon is setting over in the west so you need a good view of the southwestern horizon and so for those of us along coastal san diego we’ll be competing with the marine layer but if you’re in east county maybe with sort of an elevated location so that you have a good view of the southwestern horizon you should be able to see it right i’ve been asking our friends at the weather service all morning where when should we see this some of them suggested maybe ramona but i like that you suggested looking towards the southwest sky where the moon will be setting so of course this is a special occasion but it’s also a learning experience so let’s bring julie and now over at fleet and you have a demonstration that you want to show us julie what do you have going on there yeah so this is a fun experiment um involving the lu the moon and lunar craters and how those are made so that thing that makes it kind of look like swiss cheese a little bit we’re going to look at how those are made with stuff that you can use at home or that you probably have at home so i’ve got a bin of flour here um i made it nice and smooth on the top so that you can see a nice smooth surface and then we’ve got a couple different things to drop into our bin of flour which is always fun so we’re going to take our rock here which is going to kind of simulate something kind of hitting the surface of the moon and we’re going to drop that in and then you can see that it has created kind of a little hole there and then we’re going to try to get it out without disturbing it as much as possible this is a magnetic rock and i’ve got a little wand here so i’m going to try to get it out i’m not sure if this wand is strong enough there we go it kind of is okay magazine is tricky okay get it out as easily as possible there and then you’ve got your little lunar crater and then you can measure that drop them from different distances to see how the shape changes you can try different things so we’re actually going to try this marble as well this is also a magnetic or metal marble or ball bearing we’re going to drop it from a different distance a little bit higher this time and then you can see it made a very different shape and very different depth than my other crater right there so this is a really fun one again to try at home with some pretty easy stuff that you probably already have around your house um and so yeah this is this is a really neat one that’s uh to do in conjunction with the cool event that’s happening because we had someone from nasa earlier on our show and you know he was talking about the moon it’s you’re watching it evolve and change over the past several years you know they’ve been monitoring all the different craters and there’s been new ones that we’ve witnessed so that’s a cool way to show kids hey this can happen by just one small you know pebble hitting a surface and imagine on the moon how that happened so that’s really cool that you guys are doing this uh of course more information julie where can people find all the details uh on the website is always one of the better places to find our information or our programming um so fleetsigns.org okay online awesome and then dr lisa i do want to ask you you know with tomorrow morning’s big event it does bring a lot of attention to our moon tell us why it’s so important that we learn about this and what’s happening on the surface there well one of the things that i like to emphasize when i talk to people about our study of space is that when we’re studying space we’re actually still studying ourselves as we can see if we can predict how craters look uh by our understanding of how gravity pulls down a ball bearing into a bucket of flour and it matches what features look like on the surface of the moon then we actually are understanding that okay gravity works in multiple places we have a bit of a better idea with the way the craters look what our lunar surface is made out of even before even if we can’t get there and actually dig up material right from that specific location so our ability to observe the moon we look at the moon in the infrared during a total solar eclipse and the way it glows it tells us stuff about how the what the different materials are on the surface of the moon and so we can learn a lot always just by observing the moon even though it’s our closest celestial neighbor we still have a lot to learn about it we sure do and yeah the exploration continues thanks to uh you know experts such as yourself and also real quick dr lisa for people who are like man i don’t want to wake up early and see this why should they you know there’s something really amazing about being able to look up at the sky and share an experience with the people around you the lunar eclipses are visible just with the naked eye you don’t need special equipment like telescope or binoculars and so it’s a chance to see an event in the sky just by going outside and looking up perfect dr lisa and julie with the fleet science center thank you so much for being with us this morning and yes we will be up early to view that amazing experience all right take care guys 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