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NEWS: Eclipse Photos and NEW ONLINE STORE

April 23, 2014
by David Rives

Dear Friends,

It was pouring rain here for the eclipse… But you all responded OVERWHELMINGLY with photos and your experiences. Thank you all so much for the awesome photos that you shared with us of last week’s total lunar eclipse! Check out the photos sent in from across the continent by clicking here.



Creation in the 21st Century did not air this week on TBN, due to special programming. So CLICK HERE to view our latest episode online: “No Time For Itching Ears”


This week, we are VERY excited to make another announcement – the Grand Opening of David Rives Ministries’ CREATION SUPERSTORE!


Ever feel overwhelmed and confused about which Creation based resources are right for you? Do you wish there was “one-stop shopping” for all things ‘Creation’? If you answered ‘YES’ then “The Creation Superstore” is the place that YOU have been looking for!

Bringing a wealth of resources from the world’s leading Creationist ministries straight to your fingertips, “The Creation Superstore” is THE premiere online real estate for ALL things Creation.

Don’t see one of your favorite DVDs or books there? Please tell us! Our new site is quickly growing to be the largest online Creation catalog.

Thank you again for being with us as we grow to reach more and more people with this important message.

Total Lunar Eclipse | Monday Night April 14th, Tuesday Morning April 15th, 2014

April 11, 2014
by David Rives

Are YOU ready for the TOTAL Lunar Eclipse THIS Monday night/Tuesday morning? Watch this video and read below for more details!


Observers throughout North and South America will have the prime views of this eclipse. Those in the western Pacific will miss the first half of the eclipse because it occurs before the Moon rises. Likewise, most of Europe and Africa will experience moonset just as the eclipse begins.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon line up. During such times, the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow, and where it passes determines the type of eclipse we’ll see.

Our planet’s shadow has two parts: a darker inner section called the umbra and a lighter outer region called the penumbra. When the Moon passes through only the penumbra, we experience a penumbral eclipse. When only some of it passes through the umbra, we see a partial eclipse. Sometimes, however, all of the Moon passes through the umbra, creating a total lunar eclipse. That’s what’s happening on the 15th.

The event starts at 12:54 a.m. EDT as the Moon enters the penumbra of Earth’s shadow. Most observers won’t even notice any change in our satellite’s appearance for at least a half-hour after this time.

Things begin to heat up at 1:58 a.m. EDT. That’s when the Moon first hits Earth’s umbral shadow and the partial phase begins. For more than an hour you’ll see the dark part grow until totality begins at 3:07 a.m. EDT.

Totality lasts 78 minutes, until 4:25 a.m. EDT. The partial phase is over at 5:33 a.m. EDT, and the penumbral phase — and this eclipse — ends at 6:38 a.m. EDT.

The Moon’s appearance during totality can vary greatly from one eclipse to the next. The path the Moon takes through Earth’s umbra — and how centered it is — has an effect. But so does our atmosphere. It can darken the shadow because it contains water droplets and solid particles like dust and ash, which reduce the air’s clarity. Lots of clouds along the edge of our planet also can cut down the light.

But in addition to appearing dark, the Moon takes on a particular color during totality. This occurs because our air bends some of the Sun’s rays into the shadow. It also scatters the shorter (bluer) wavelengths out of that light, reddening it and darkening the Moon’s face.

On April 15, the Moon’s northern edge passes a tiny bit south of the shadow’s center. In contrast, its southern edge lies a lot farther from that point. As a result, the Moon’s northern half will look much darker than its southern half because it lies deeper in the umbra.
-by Michael E. Bakich, Astronomy.com

SKYWATCH: Last call for the ‘Gas Giant’ Jupiter

April 23, 2014
by David Rives

The ‘Gas Giant’ Jupiter is making its’ way toward the horizon and will soon be out of view. Don’t forget to include Jupiter in your stargazing parties while you can still see it!

April is also a good time to see some of the most popular galaxies, including but not limited to, M51, M101 and M104.