Lunar Eclipse & Virtual Field Trip To Moon!

December 17th, 2010 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi! It’s Friday, December 17, 2010 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!
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NASA Science News: Solstice Lunar Eclipse

Age Range: All

NASA reports that “Northern winter is beginning in a special way. On Dec. 21st, the winter solstice, a lunar eclipse will be visible across all of North America.”  At this website, those in North America can get all of the information you need to see the Lunar Eclipse from your own backyard!

Careful though, the date and time varies slightly depending on where you are located. As explained at the website:

“The eclipse begins on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st, at 1:33 am EST (Monday, Dec. 20th, at 10:33 pm PST).

At that time, Earth’s shadow will appear as a dark-red bite at the edge of the lunar disk. It takes about an hour for the “bite” to expand and swallow the entire Moon. Totality commences at 02:41 am EST (11:41 pm PST) and lasts for 72 minutes.

If you’re planning to dash out for only one quick look -­ it is December, after all -­ choose this moment: 03:17 am EST (17 minutes past midnight PST). That’s when the Moon will be in deepest shadow, displaying the most fantastic shades of coppery red.”

If this sparks interest in the moon for your kids, read more about the lunar eclipse at today’s site. 

They might also enjoy the ideas for a “Virtual Field Trip to the Moon” presented at the Virtual Learning Connections website.  It includes:

  • Instructions on How to Explore the Moon using Google Earth
  • A Printable Moon-Tracking Chart
  • A fun activity to create your own lunar surface

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