‘Super Flower Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse happening Wednesday morning

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BACK TO 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 MADINA. SHE’S GOING TO BE SHOWING US AN EXPERIMENT. SHE’S THE ONE WAVING RIGHT THERE, THE DOCTOR LISA.

WELL, GOOD MORNING TO BOTH OF YOU. GOOD 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 CELESTE 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 AT THE EARTH’S SHADOW FALLS ON THE MOON. TOMORROW’S ALSO A SUPERMOON WHICH MEANS THAT THE FULL MOON IS HAPPENING WHEN THE MOON IS AT ITS CLOSEST OR WAS CLOSE TO ITS CLOSEST POINT AND IT’S 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 IN THE FULL MOON TONIGHT I LOVE THAT BECAUSE OUR VIDEO WAS LIGHTING UP EXACTLY WITH WHAT YOU WERE SAYING BEFORE 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 IN THE BEST TIME TO VIEW THIS WILL ?THE ECLIPSE WILL BE HAPPENING TOMORROW MORNING. THE TOTALITY OF IT WILL BE HAPPENING BETWEEN FOUR ELEVEN AND FOUR TWENTY SIX IN THE MORNING.

SO NEED TO BE UP IN THE MORNING. IT’LL BE HAPPEN 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 WILL 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? SO THIS IS A FUN EXPERIMENT INVOLVING 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 THOSE ARE MADE WITH STUFF THAT YOU CAN USE AT HOME OR YOU PROBABLY HAVE IT.

SO I’VE GOT A BIT OF FLOUR HERE.

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 OF DIFFERENT THINGS TO DROP INTO OUR 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 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 MAGNETIC ROCK AND I’VE GOT A LITTLE WAND HERE SO I’M GOING TO TRY TO GET IT OUT. I’M NOT SURE THAT THIS ONE IS STRONG ENOUGH. THERE WE GO.

IT KIND OF IS NAGSHEAD EASILY AS POSSIBLE AND THEN YOU’VE GOT YOUR LITTLE LUNAR CRATER AND THEN YOU CAN MEASURE 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 MAGNETIC OR METAL MARBLE WHERE BALL BEARINGS ARE GOING TO DROP IN 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 TO GET TO TRY HOME WITH SOME PRETTY EASY STUFF THAT YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE AROUND YOUR HOUSE. AND SO YEAH, THIS IS THIS IS A REALLY NEAT ONE THAT’S TO DO IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SCHOOL EVENT BECAUSE WE HAD SOMEONE FROM NASA EARLIER ON OUR SHOW AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE MOON.

IT’S YOU’RE WATCHING IT EVOLVE AND CHANGE OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS 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 PEBBLE HITTING A SURFACE AND IMAGINE ON THE THAT HAPPENED. SO THAT’S REALLY COOL THAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING THIS. OF COURSE MORE INFORMATION, JULIE. WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND ALL THE DETAILS ON THE WEBSITE IS ALWAYS ONE OF THE BETTER PLACES TO FIND OUR INFORMATION OR OUR PROGRAMING AND SO SLEEP.

DIENSTAG 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 I LIKE TO EMPHASIZE WHAT I TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT OUR STUDY OF SPACE IS THAT WHEN WE’RE STUDYING SPACE WE’RE ACTUALLY STILL STUDYING OURSELVES AS YOU CAN SEE IF WE CAN PREDICT HOW CRATERS LOOK BY OUR UNDERSTANDING OF HOW GRAVITY PULLS DOWN A BALL BEARING INTO A BUCKET OF FLOUR AND IT MATCHES WHAT FUTURE LOOKS LIKE ON THE SURFACE OF THE MOON THAN WE ACTUALLY ARE UNDERSTANDING THAT OK, 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 IN 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 THE EXPLORATION CONTINUES THANKS TO EXPERTS SUCH AS YOURSELF AND ALSO REAL QUICK, DR.

LISA, FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LIKE ME, 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 THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU, THE LUNAR ECLIPSES ARE VISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE. YOU DON’T NEED SPECIAL EQUIPMENT LIKE TELESCOPES, BINOCULARS AND SO IT’S A CHANCE TO SEE AN EVENT IN THE SKY JUST BY GOING OUTSIDE AND LOOKING UP HER FAKE DOCTOR LISA AND JULIE WITH THE FLEET SCIENCE CENTER. THANK YOU.

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