People in the Western part of the country were treated to a total lunar eclipse this morning. Luckily you don’t have to be a resident of California or an early riser to see it–someone already videotaped it for you. Check it out above.
The next lunar eclipse won’t be until 2014, but today’s was especially cool. NASA’s press release explains why:
Not only will the Moon be beautifully red, it will also be inflated by the Moon illusion. For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects. In fact, a low Moon is no wider than any other Moon (cameras prove it) but the human brain insists otherwise. To observers in the western USA, therefore, the eclipse will appear super-sized.
Well, this is as good a reason as any to listen to “Werewolves of London”:
Total Eclipse of the Moon [NASA]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 10, 2011