China probe readies to land on the moon

The Chang'e-4 blasts off from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on 8 December 2018

We've been lucky enough to have experienced many special celestial events over the last few years, including the much-talked about solar eclipse that took place in 2017.

It's a phenomenon which occurs when the Earth, the Moon and the Sun are perfectly aligned, blanketing the Moon in the Earth's shadow. For the first time in three years, the United States will be able to experience a total lunar eclipse.

"Unfortunately, the almost full moon will block out many of the meteors this year, but the Geminids are so bright and numerous that it could still be a good show", the website says.

But that's not the only thing that will make this eclipse stand out.

Karl Bergquist, the European Space Agency's (ESA) administrator for the International Relations Department, called the Chang'e-4 mission scientifically and technologically 'very impressive, because 'no one has ever done it, this mission will therefore advance our knowledge of the moon. The marvel will likewise be noticeable from South America and parts of western Europe, and the moon will wear its ruby shading for around 60 minutes. Let's take a closer look at the three bits in its name. "Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky". We're orbiting the moon right now.

Were you able to witness the cool solar eclipse in North America in 2017?

Quoting Dr Rajendraprakash Gupt, Superintendent of the Ujjain-based Jiwaji Observatory, PTI says the partial lunar eclipse will be visible in India.

Chinese state media has reported Chang'e-4 will land early on Thursday, UK time. It is a vast basin in the southern hemisphere of the far side which extends from the South Pole to Aitken crater. Totality will happen around 9:12 p.m. PST or 12:12 a.m. EST on January 21, yet Forbes proposes taking a seat a hour in advance to watch the moon change from incomplete shroud to add up to overshadow. Image made on January 2, 2019.

Mercury, the smallest planet in our solar system, passes between Earth and the sun about 13 times a century.

2019 closes on a climax with a rare and glorious "ring of fire". "Blue moons occur on average once every 2.7 years". This year, the eclipse will begin right at dawn and pass over the Arabian Peninsula and arc over areas of South Asia.

This type of eclipse occurs when the moon's diameter is smaller than the sun, blocking its light and causing it to look like an annulus (ring).

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