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Gabe Gabrielle gabe at educatemotivate.com
Fri Jan 18 05:50:50 UTC 2019


Hi all,

 A little late but Happy New Year and welcome back to everyone…I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are settled in the return to school…

I would imagine everyone is off on Monday, so a long weekend ahead…I always recognize recognize Martin Luther King Day because he is so instrumental in out country’s history…at a time when there was so much racial strife, rioting, fighting, and race relations were so poor... his influence was so positive…he preached non violence, was a major calming voice, a role model, and spoke in a way no one could with any common sense could dispute his words…we should all recognize what a wonderful American he is and how our country inso much better because of him…

this weekend will also be spectacular with a ‘blood moon” and Lunar Eclipse…make sure you check out the viewing areas and dates...depending on where you live…

congratulations to China for their successful rover landing on the moon…

Wishing you a wonderful day...we have to remember to always do our best, enjoy everything we do, live in the present, make each day special, let those we care about most know, smile and have fun... J  J  love ya, Gabe




Blood Moon 2019: A Great Total Lunar Eclipse Is Coming Soon!
Watch China Land on the Moon's Far Side in This Awesome Video!

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More than three years have passed since most of North America saw a good total lunar eclipse. So be sure to put a big circle on your calendar for Sunday, Jan. 20. The viewing circumstances for the eclipse of the full moon that evening will be as good as they can get for much of the United States and Canada. The eastern side of the continent has the best view, but the spectacle of the moon completely immersed in Earth's shadow will be readily visible from coast to coast. The duration of totality will be longer than normal, too: It will last 1 hour and 2 minutes.




Looking up at the Moon can create a sense of awe at any time, but those who do so on the evening of January 20 will be treated to the only total lunar eclipse of 2019. Visible for its entirety in North and South America, this eclipse is being referred to by some as a super blood moon – “super” because the Moon will be closest to Earth in its orbit during the full moon (more on supermoons here <https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/2017/11/15/whats-a-supermoon-and-just-how-super-is-it/>) and “blood" because the total lunar eclipse will turn the Moon a reddish hue (more on that below). This is a great opportunity for students to observe the Moon – and for teachers to make connections to in-class science content.

 Eclipses can occur when the Sun, the Moon and Earth align. Lunar eclipses can happen only during a full moon, when the Moon and the Sun are on opposite sides of Earth. At that point, the Moon can move into the shadow cast by Earth, resulting in a lunar eclipse. However, most of the time, the Moon’s slightly tilted orbit brings it above or below Earth’s shadow.


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Artist's impression of the exoplanet K2-288Bb, which lies within its parent star's habitable zone, suggesting that this world may have liquid water on the surface. 
Credit: Francis Reddy/NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Citizen scientists unveiled a distant exoplanet that is believed to be roughly twice the size of Earth and located within its star's habitable zone. 

The exoplanet, named K2-288Bb, could either be a rocky world like Earth or a gas-rich planet like Neptune. Using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope <https://www.space.com/24903-kepler-space-telescope.html>, the new world was found 226 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Taurus, according to a statement from NASA <https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7313>. 

"It's a very exciting discovery due to how it was found [and] its temperate orbit and because planets of this size seem to be relatively uncommon," Adina Feinstein, a University of Chicago graduate student and lead author of the study, said in the statement. Feinstein presented the find Jan. 7 at the American Astronomical Society's winter meeting in Seattle. [The Most Fascinating Exoplanets of 2018 <https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.space.com/42813-most-fascinating-exoplanets-2018.html&sa=U&ved=0ahUKEwjYkPW-st7fAhVxhuAKHXLcDyQQFggOMAM&client=internal-uds-cse&cx=partner-pub-1894578950532504:47n5qdg34oa&usg=AOvVaw3Sb-BjNzFFsZHcZJkskSdx>]


There Are Plants and Animals on the Moon Now (Because of China)
China's Chang'e-4 lander touched down <https://www.livescience.com/64408-china-first-landing-moon-far-side.html> on the far side of the moon (Jan. 3 Beijing time, Jan. 2 US), and it's got some living things on board.

A small "tin" in the lander contains seeds of potatoes and rockcress (Arabidopsis thaliana, a flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard, as well as a model organism <https://www.livescience.com/32860-why-do-medical-researchers-use-mice.html> for plant biology), as well as silkworm eggs. The idea, according to a report <https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/13/china-plans-grow-flowers-silkworms-dark-side-moon/> in The Telegraph earlier this year, is that the plants will support the silkworms with oxygen, and the silkworms will in turn provide the plants with necessary carbon dioxide and nutrients through their waste. The researchers will watch the plants carefully to see whether the plants successfully perform photosynthesis, and grow and bloom in the lunar environment.

"We want to study the respiration of the seeds and the photosynthesis on the moon," Xie Gengxin, chief designer of the experiment, told Xinhua <http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/12/c_137106440.htm>, a Chinese state-run news agency. [See Spectacular Lunar Mission Images in 3D (Photos) <https://www.livescience.com/64123-mission-moon-book-images.html>]


Is the moon really "a harsh mistress?" (Composite image)

China releases more images from far side of the moon

China’s Yutu 2 rover on the far side of the moon. This image was released by Chinese space officials Friday, Jan. 11. Credit: CNSA/CLEP

Chinese officials on Friday released more imagery from the Chang’e 4 mission, a robotic lander and rover exploring the far side of the moon after a successful landing Jan. 3Chang’e 4 was set to enter a low-power sleep mode Sunday as the sun set on the landing site in Von Kármán crater, a bowl-shaped depression measuring around 110 miles (180 kilometers) in diameter located in the southern hemisphere of the far side of the moon.

Nighttime lasts 14 days on the lunar surface as the moon orbits the Earth once every 28 days, and temperatures are predicted to dip to minus 297 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 183 degrees Celsius) as the sun disappears below the horizon at Von Kármán crater.

Chang’e 4 will switch to a “sleep mode” as night falls as solar energy will no longer be available to power the probe. The spacecraft carries a radioisotope heat source and power generator to keep warm and generate electricity when the sun is below the horizon. The device was developed in collaboration between Russian and Chinese experts, according to China’s state-run Xinhua news agency.

The small electricity generator is not big enough to power the entire lander, but it will allow sensors to gather temperature data on the lunar surface throughout the night, Xinhua reported, a capability not carried on Chang’e 3, China’s previous lunar lander which touched down on the near side of the moon in 2013.
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