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Photo of the week: The moon starts its orbit during a mesmerizing eclipse captured from the ISS

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 24, 2024
Photo of the week: The moon starts its orbit during a mesmerizing eclipse captured from the ISS

The photo of the moon was captured by the International Space Station (ISS) as it reached its first-quarter phase. This phase occurs around a week after a new moon and a week before a full moon. The ISS was soaring approximately 270 miles above the South Atlantic Ocean during this special orbit of the moon.

Published on March 19, 2024, the photo holds significance due to the upcoming lunar and solar eclipses. The moon is set to be eclipsed by Earth in the early hours of March 25. Following this, it will totally eclipse the sun on April 8, marking the beginning of 2024’s first “eclipse season.”

The lunar eclipse on March 25 will not be a total lunar eclipse, but a penumbral lunar eclipse where the moon will only pass through Earth’s outer shadow. This event will take place between 12:53 and 5:32 a.m. EDT, peaking at 3:12 a.m. EDT. The following eclipse on April 8 will be a total solar eclipse, with all of North America experiencing at least a partial eclipse.

The total solar eclipse will be visible within a 115-mile-wide path of totality, showcasing the rare alignment of the new moon with the sun and Earth. Known as syzygy, this moment occurs every 366 years on average according to NASA research. The photo captured by the ISS gives a preview of the celestial events to come, highlighting the beauty and wonder of the universe.

By Samantha Johnson

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