Ask the Moon

The 27/28 September 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse is approaching (check HERE for visibility).
For sure there are questions you would like to ask to the Moon. We have created a team of “lunatics” able to answer for it.

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A polar total Solar Eclipse

After more than a year without Total Solar Eclipses (the last was on November 3, 2013), the one occurring on March 20, 2015 will see the shadow of the Moon touching Earth’s surface only in two arctic lands: Faroe and Svalbard Islands.
From Europe only a partial eclipse can be observed, with the peak of solar disk occultation occurring in Iceland, Ireland, Scotland and Norway. In north Spain the solar disk coverage will be about 70%.

Shelios and GLORIA have chosen as final destination for the Eclipse watching the Faroe Islands (Denmark), located in the heart of the “Gulf Stream” in the North Atlantic (62° N) northwest of Scotland, halfway between Norway and Iceland. The expedition is coordinated by Dr. Miquel Serra-Ricart (IAC).
The eclipse observing site will be the Centre for Maritime Studies (University of the Faroe Islands) located in the archipelago’s capital, Torshavn. The event will be transmitted live on the website.
The total duration of the eclipse is 2h 14m. The totality duration at Faroe Islands will be 2m 46s. However the live broadcasting will last 15 minutes in total. There will be two live connections on March 20th:

Connection 1: with a total duration of 5 minutes at 8:45-8:50 UT (9:45 to 9:50 CET) coinciding with the maximum of the partial occultation in Europe.
Connection 2: with a total duration of 10 minutes at 9:35-9:45 UT (10:35 to 10:45 CET) to encompass the period of total eclipse.

More information about the broadcasting can be found here.

Press release here.

Can find more information about the eclipse at F. Espenack’s website – NASA.

Images of the aurora burst from Greenland and Iceland

The expedition “AURORAS BOREALES 2014” managed to capture on August 21st with its cameras a burst of aurora activity related to a solar CME phenomenon (Coronal Mass Ejection) occurred two days earlier (it takes time to reach the Earth). We have seen with sharpness and clarity these amazing events from two different sites: the glacier Qaleraliq, SW of Greenland, and Hestheimar, SW of Iceland.

See the photos on Flickr.
The time-lapse playlist on YouTube.

GLORIA, focused on citizen science, recorded in the Greenland ice sheet seven hours of the life-cycle of the glacier, where night observations are conducted. The Qarelaliq glacier shows the deep wounds of global warming: it can be clearly seen the retreat of the ice mass. The document, compressed into seven minutes time-lapse, shows stunning details of the melting glacier front, where the falling blocks range from the size of of a small rock to that of a vessel.

See the video time-lapse on YouTube.

Aurora Borealis 2014

Like in 2012 and 2013, an expedition to observe the Aurora Borealis from the south of Greenland and Iceland will take place in the period 23-28 August. Named Shelios 2014, the expedition is promoted by the scientific-cultural association Shelios and is coordinated by its president Miquel Serra-Ricart, astronomer of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and member of the GLORIA Project. Daily broadcast from three different places in Greenland, between 23 and 25 August, will be transmitted: the surroundings of the Qaleraliq glacier, a farm called Tasiusaq, the town of Qasiarsuk, will be available on the web. Additional broadcasts from Hestheimar farm (South Iceland) will be on air between 26 and 28 August. Photos will be uploaded to a web album for one hour every day in real-time.

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Pictures from the Lunar Eclipse expedition in Peru

Here are two shots summarising the Lunar Eclipse of April 15th, 2014. On the left, a frame from a video shot from the top of the Teide vulcano (see this YouTube video) with its shade pointing exactly to the partially eclipsed Moon (the small white spot at the head of the triangular dark zone). On the right the spectacular composition of the entire eclipse observed by a magic site, suspended between past and present: the access gate of the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, place located North of Cusco, during the GLORIA project expedition to Peru.

Photo credits: Juan Carlos Casado e José Luis Quiñones

See the GLORIA Flickr album (more photos to be added soon).