Google has begun live streaming today’s Lunar Eclipse live on its YouTube channel. The search giant has joined with SLOOH, a company that specialises in streaming live space events, to provide a live view with astronomer’s commentary.
The longest total lunar eclipse since 2000 will begin to occur this evening and last until midnight, providing stargazers a rare opportunity to catch this prolonged wonderful spectacle. The eclipse begins at 6.24pm (IST) this evening, although it will not be properly visible until sunset at around 9.55pm tonight, at which stage the moon will turn blood red in colour.
Although this image has been published for a few months now, it's definitely worth sharing. Astronauts onboard the International Space Station captured this beatiful image of Ireland and the UK illuminated by city lights on Christmas Eve, 2010.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a semi-autonomous spacecraft that almost continuously observes the Sun, has captured a high definition image of a massive solar flare that occurred this morning. Solar flares occur when stored magnetic energy suddenly erupts from the outermost layer of the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona.