In the fall, the leaves of some trees turn yellow, orange or red. The bright colors are wonderful to behold. But do they have some hidden purpose?
Meet tourmaline. It’s one of two birthstones for October. The other October birthstone is opal. More info inside this post. And happy birthday October babies!
During last night’s total eclipse of the moon, Earth’s shadow brushed the moon’s face. The eclipse is over, but, just like you or me, Earth still casts a shadow. Earth’s shadow always extends into space, in the direction opposite the sun. And you can see it any clear evening. Some examples, and pics, inside.
Are you planning on watching the September 27-28 eclipse? Here are some tips.
A solar eclipse happens at the new moon – when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth, sun and moon align in space, with Earth in the middle. Why aren’t there eclipses at every full and new moon?
During a lunar eclipse, you’ll see the Earth’s shadow creeping across the moon’s face. The shadow will appear dark, like a bite taken out of the moon’s face, until the shadow completely covers the moon. Then, during the breathtaking moments of totality, the shadow on the moon’s face often often suddenly changes. Instead of dark, it appears red. Why?
According to the definition of supermoon coined by Richard Nolle 30 years ago, the year 2015 has a total of six supermoons. They are the new moons of January, February and March and the full moons of August, September and October. The September 28, 2015 full moon – which will feature a total eclipse – will be the closest supermoon of 2015.
The fourth and final lunar eclipse in an ongoing tetrad – four lunar eclipses in a row – happens on September 27-28, 2015. Some will call it a Blood Moon.
Many believe Earth’s changing distance from the sun causes the change in the seasons. But that is not the case.
Have you ever noticed mushrooms growing in a big circle? It’s known as a ‘fairy ring.’ Ok, you probably didn’t see it looking exactly like this. Click in for some photos of the way a fairy ring is more likely to look, plus an explanation of why these mushroom circles happen.