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The Moon Is About to Do Something it Only Does Once Every 28 Years (Video)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 13:28
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The total solar eclipse that occurred this summer drew incredible excitement from even casual sky gazers, but our moon is about to perform a feat that is much more rare, and you probably haven’t heard anything about it. Our only natural satellite is about to block out a trio of planets and a dominant star all over the course of a single day.

The event is known as a lunar occultation, which is really just a fancy way of saying that the moon is going to obscure some stuff in the sky. For observers here on Earth, the moon will appear to swallow up Venus, Mars, and Mercury, as well as the star Regulus, which is one of the brightest in our night sky.

What makes it particularly interesting for astronomers is that it’s extremely rare for so many celestial bodies to be involved at the same time. Occultations involving a single body or planet are relatively common, but this particular combination only happens once every 28 years or so. By comparison, a total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth every couple of years.

As with the eclipse, certain spots on Earth will have a better vantage point than others. For those hoping to snag a glimpse of the moon engulfing Mars, Hawaii is a great place to be, while locations in the South Pacific have the best shot at spotting Mercury slipping behind the moon later this evening. For the rest of us, searching for cool photos on Instagram and Twitter will probably be our best shot at enjoying the stellar sights.

Mike Wehner @MikeWehner

I host the Church of Mabus radio show and it is going on 8 years. I’ve been in the paranormal community for 20 years. I provide content from a network of sources and guests and allies. Ranging from Politics to the Paranormal and the Spiritual. You can check out my other articles here at my BIOGRAPHY at BIN and you can check out my free radio show at this link HERE. Thanks for showing your support and stopping by!

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  • desertspeaks

    how do i respond to this.. hmm let me think. Oh yeah, BIG DEAL, the moon will block something.. YAWN!

    • Jeffery Pritchett

      Your comment is the most lame comment I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

  • LindaJoyAdams

    Thanks for this> JUST LINKED AND WROTE: DAILY RECAP 9/20/17 KING OF KINGS HIDES HIS LIGHT FROM THE WORLD FOR A TIME on my own site…

    AND THE THREE PLANETS WHICH ALOG WITH THE KING OF KINGS STAR REGULUS WILL BE VISIBLE SOON AS PART OF THE TWELVE IN THE CROWN OF VIRGO ON 9/23/17.. hang on as what is coming next?? Linda Joy Adams @blogger.com

  • ButtPincher

    Moon is translucent.. hope someone gets a picture of the planets showing light right through the projection moon.

    • DISPENSER

      I am still waiting for somebody to explain how green cheese and reflect a silver light. Does being translucent have something to do with that?

  • ButtPincher
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