Editor's Note: The webcasts for the total lunar eclipses have ended, but you can still see replays here. Read our Full Story: Under a Blood Moon: Total Lunar Eclipse Wows Stargazers (Photos ) Gallery: Blood Moon Photos: Total Lunar Eclipse Pictures ofApril 15, 2014
Earlier post: The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 occurs overnight hours on April 14 and April 15 and was visible from most of North America and parts of Alaska, Hawaii and South America. Webcasts will be available from NASA, Slooh and the Virtual Telescope Project, the Gloria Project and Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter in Arizona. NASA's webcast of the lunar eclipse in the window below. Scroll down for more feeds: [Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014: Moon Visibility Maps (Gallery)]
NASA will kick off the total lunar eclipse events Monday afternoon on Reddit with an Ask Me Anything discussion at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) featuring astronomers from the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center. The Reddit page will go live at 1:45 p.m. EDT, and you can find a link to it here: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/watchtheskies/lunar-eclipse-2014.html
At 12:45 a.m. EDT (0445 GMT) on Tuesday, NASA will launch a live webchat for the duration of the total lunar eclipse featuring NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams and astrophysicist Alphonse Sterling. The chat will begin at 1 a.m. EDT (0500 GMT) and run through the duration of the lunar eclipse, which ends at about 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT). You can follow that webchat live here: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/watchtheskies/lunar-eclipse-2014.html
Lunar Eclipse Live from the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter
The Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter in Arizona will host their own webcast featuring updating views of the moon during the total lunar eclipse. The feed starts updating at 12:50 p.m. EDT (0450 GMT) on April 15. You can check out the photos here: http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/css/eclipse/
Slooh Total Lunar Eclipse Webcast
Slooh's total lunar eclipse coverage is part of the group's five-hour webcast coverage of the moon and Mars on Monday and early Tuesday. The webcast will begin at 2 a.m. EDT Tuesday and feature live views of the lunar eclipse from several observatories across North America. You can watch the webcast below, courtesy of the Slooh website and via the Slooh iPad app:
"This particular lunar eclipse is expected to draw incredible interest because it is visible from the entire United States, and also because the reddish eclipsed moon will float very near the striking blue star Spica, as well as hovering to the left of orange Mars," Slooh president Patrick Paolucci wrote in a statement. "Altogether, the eclipse will be part of a dramatic sky-spectacle." [Lunar Eclipse Beauty: How to Photograph the Moon (Gallery)]
From Slooh:"A wide range of experts will join Slooh during five full hours of programming, including astronomy luminary and bestselling author Timothy Ferris, author of “Seeing in the Dark”, and Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at UC Berkeley, and documentary filmmaker Duncan Copp, producer of the award winning film, “In the Shadow of the Moon”. This is the latest in a series of total lunar eclipse broadcasts dating back to Slooh’s founding in 2003, the highlights of which are a June 2011 broadcast that was featured in the Google Doodle and a December 2010 eclipse broadcast live on the largest jumbotron in Times Square."
Virtual Telescope Project Total Lunar Eclipse Webcast
The Virtual Telescope Project will host its own free webcast of the total lunar eclipse beginning at 2:30 a.m. EDT (0630 GMT) on Tuesday. Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, Virtual Telescope Project coordinator, said the lunar eclipse will not be visible from the Project's home in Ceccano, Italy, so he has reached out to night sky photographers in the visibility zone to provide images of the lunar event. You can watch the webcast live below and directly from the Virtual Telescope Project website here:
From the Virtual Telescope Project: Next 15 April 2014, the Moon will offer an amazing total eclipse, well visible from the US, Central America, Chile, Australia and a few more Countries. The Virtual Telescope Project was asked by many people to plan something, also because April is Global Astronomy Month, so we wanted to meet that request: unfortunately Italy – where our robotic facility is – will not see it.
We had the idea to look for collaborators willing to join this international effort and a few answered: we decided to go! The team making the live event is composed by:
Astrophotographer: Joaquin Fabrega Polleri (Asociacion Panameña de Aficionados a la Astronomia, Panama);
Astrophotographer: Gary Varney (South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association, Florida);
Astrophotographer: Fernando Rodriguez (South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association, Florida);
Astrophotographer: Ron Delvaux (Delvaux Observatory, Arizona);
Astrophotographer: Marcy Malavasi (Altair, Costa Rica);
Astrophotographer: John W. Johnson (Omaha Astronomical Society, Nebraska);
Coordinator and live comment: Gianluca Masi (The Virtual Telescope Project, Italy).
If you want be part of the team, please let us know.
Gloria Project Webcast from Peru
The GLORIA astronomy project will provide live views of tonight's total lunar eclipse over Inca ruins in Cuzco, Peru. The webcast will begin at 2:30 a.m. ET (0630 GMT). You can follow the Gloria Project on Twitter @GloriaProject.
Slooh Webcast, Closest Approach of Mars
The Mars and lunar eclipse webcasts will begin Monday night at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT), when the Slooh community telescope will host a free webcast on the closest approach of Mars to Earth since 2008. Editor's Note: If you snap amazing pictures of the total lunar eclipse or Mars, you can send photos and comments to managing editor Tariq Malik at email@example.com. You can watch the webcast live here:
Mars will be within 57.4 million miles (92.4 million km) of Earth on Monday night, an event that follows on the heels of Mars reaching opposition on April 8, when it aligned perfectly with Earth and the sun. You can watch the Slooh webcast of Mars' closest approach here, directly from the Slooh website and via the Slooh iPad app.
Weather permitting, Mars will appear exceptionally bright as a reddish orb in the night sky. Its brilliance should be much better than the Red Planet's last close approach in 2012. From Slooh: "The live image stream will be hosted by Slooh Observatory Director Paul Cox and Slooh astronomer Bob Berman, who will be reporting live from Prescott Observatory in Prescott, Arizona. Viewers can ask questions during the show by using hashtag #Slooh." [Mars Coming Close: Where To Look ]
Mars Opposition Webcast: April 8:
Mars and the sun are directly opposite each other in Earth's sky today, which is why the formation is known as an opposition of Mars. You can watch two live shows about the Mars opposition here on Space.com beginning at 7 p.m. EDT tonight. Full Story: Mars, Earth and Sun Align Tonight: Watch It Live Online
You can watch two live shows about the Mars opposition here on Space.com beginning at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) tonight, courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project and the Slooh. You can also watch the two webcasts directly via the Virtual Telescope Project website and Slooh website. The Slooh Webcast will be found here:
The second webcast will be provided by astrophycist Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project in Ceccano, Italy. You can follow it here:
During opposition, Mars will shine nearly 10 times more brightly than a 1st-magnitude star, and some of the planet's surface features will show up through backyard telescopes, Slooh officials said. [Mars Coming Close: Where To Look ]
The opposition of Mars comes about a week before the Red Planet's closest approach to Earth. On April 14, Mars will be just 57 million miles (92 million kilometers) away — about 60 percent of the distance from Earth to the sun (which is 93 million miles, or 150 million km). (Opposition and closest approach would occur on the same day if the planets' orbits were perfectly circular rather than slightly elliptical.)
Editor's note: If you take an amazing skywatching photo of Mars or any other night sky view, and you'd like to share it for a possible story or image gallery, please contact managing editor Tariq Malik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Asteroid Eclipses Bright Star
Early Thusday (March 20), the giant asteroid 163 Erigone will cross in front of the bright star Regulus, as seen from Earth, blacking the star out in the night sky for up to 14 seconds for some stargazers in certain parts of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. The rare celestial event, called an asteroid occultation, will occure at 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT) and you can watch it live on Space.com here courtesy of the Slooh online skywatching website. The Slooh webcast will begin at 1:45 a.m. EDT (0545 GMT). Full Story: Giant Asteroid Eclipses Star Tonight in Rare Celestial Event: How to Watch Live
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Slooh will cover the event live on Wednesday, March 19th at 10:45 pm PDT / 1:45 am EDT (3/20) / 05:45 UTC (3/20) with live feeds from New York. Viewers can watch free on Slooh.com or by downloading the Slooh iPad app. The live image streams will be accompanied by discussions led by Slooh host and observatory director Paul Cox, with Slooh's astronomer Bob Berman reporting live from New York. In addition, Ted Blank from the International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA) will appear as a guest directly from his remote viewing location while also providing a live feed for the broadcast. Viewers may ask questions during the show by using hashtag #Regulus.
The asteroid, (163) Erigone, orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter in the main asteroid belt. The star it will eclipse, Regulus, is the 22nd brightest in the sky with a magnitude of +1.3. Erigone's shadow will race at nearly two miles per second along the ground, resulting in Regulus vanishing for between a fraction of a second to 14 seconds, depending on whether the observer is centrally located beneath the shadow, or near its edge. Observing the timing of this event at various locations will enable astronomers to determine Erigone's size and shape to an unprecedented level of accuracy.
Says Berman, "In the natural world, we generally think of the Sun as sometimes being blocked or eclipsed. But even stars can be momentarily eclipsed or blocked by a zooming planet or asteroid, and then that starlight briefly vanishes. This is called an occultation. But it's rare for a truly bright star to be eclipsed. And even when this happens, the shadow of the asteroid is usually cast over some remote piece of ocean or wilderness. In my entire 40 years as a professional astronomer, I've never witnessed a star as bright as Regulus - Leo's 'alpha' luminary -- being blocked as seen along a populated Earthly path in an easily accessible region."
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