NEWS: SO MUCH NEWS THIS WEEK!
SO MUCH NEWS THIS WEEK!
I have so much to tell you this week. So many exciting things are taking place! Many of you are familiar with the music that I have written and with my
first album “FOREVER”.
But, we have a special surprise in store for you! That’s right, be on the lookout for something new in two weeks. All of you on the email list will be the first to get the news, and I can’t wait to share this music (and the story behind it) with you.
TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
We are excited about the upcoming lunar eclipse, happening overnight on April 14-15. Please see our video below for information regarding this eclipse. It begins about 1am CST and lasts several hours. Marking the first of a “tetrad”, a series of four total eclipses in a row, it can be seen across nearly all of North America, and should be a spectacular sight. We are going to be working hard to get a photo of this eclipse, but weather may not cooperate here in Tennessee.
That is why I am asking you all to try photographing the eclipse from your location. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just do your best. Send it to me, by replying to this email, and include your name and address, and I will be picking one or two to post on the front page of The Creation Club!
Our new website THE CREATION CLUB was announced last week. Thank you all for taking a look. We want to encourage you to check back often, as fresh new content is being added continuously.
If you have an article that you are interested in sharing with “The Creation Club” then please reply to this email with your information.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 30TH ON CREATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Please also join me Wednesday, April 30th on Creation in the 21st Century, as I welcome my friend Jason Lisle of Institute for Creation Research, who will share with us a wealth of knowledge regarding the universe. Tune in to TBN on Wednesday, April 30th at 11am CST (9 Pacific) for “Creation in the 21st Century”.
Total Lunar Eclipse | Monday Night April 14th, Tuesday Morning April 15th, 2014
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: Big and Bright Mars
On the morning of the TOTAL lunar eclipse, the Red Planet, Mars, lies relatively close to Earth and shines at magnitude -1.4.
It will not shine this bright or be this large in appearance again until 2016.
So, if you have a telescope set up for the eclipse, you’ll have plenty of time to steal a glance at Mars, even during totality.