Spacecraft to Dash Through Supermoon Eclipse Shadow

September 25, 2015 10:36 AM

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Spacecraft to Dash Through Supermoon Eclipse Shadow

That line was uttered in the movie “Apollo 13,” but could also be applied to the daring eclipse observations that NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will do of the moon’s surface on Sunday.

Sunday’s eclipse is special as it follows three other total lunar eclipses in the past 18 months (usually you don’t get that many in a row) and the moon will be at its closest point in its orbit to Earth, making it slightly bigger in the sky than usual — an event popularly known as a “Supermoon.”

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