Kayla the TrekMovie.com science girl here with a special mid-week science mini-update. This evening, February 20th, the full Moon over Europe and the Americas will turn a delightful shade of red. It’s a total lunar eclipse — the last one until Dec. 2010. And, while the red is spectacular, it isn’t the only color to look for when the Moon glides through Earth’s shadow.
In addition to the red, observers of several lunar eclipses have reported a flash of turquoise. The source of the turquoise is the Earth’s ozone layer. Ozone absorbs the red sunlight while allowing the blue rays to pass through. This has the effect of turning the Earth’s shadow turquoise-blue around the edges. Look for it during the first and last minutes of totality (10:01 pm EST and 10:51 pm EST).
When should you look to the sky? Check out SpaceWeather.com’s animated timetable.
Tonight the grey moon gets some color
Moon over Trek
Even though The Moon was the first ‘giant leap’ for mankind in space, Star Trek really never did much with it. The Earth’s sole satellite (aka Luna) did get referred to every once in a while (Tycho City, New Berlin, Lake Armstrong, etc) and the USS Defiant was made at Tranquility Base. However it wasn’t until the 3rd from last Star Trek TV episode (Enterprise’s Demons) that we finally got to see Trek’s moon. I guess the moon became ‘yesterday’s news.’
Orpheus Mining Colony from “Demons”