The Dark Side of the Moon


Last night was a rare happening – full lunar eclipse.  It was actually the second one of the year, but the first one, in June, was only a partial eclipse.  You can see more photos here.

I have always been fascinated by the “heavens.”   I can remember watchingCarl Sagan’s PBS seriesCOSMOS as a teen ager and just having my mind blown away.

Matters of science can be one of the ways we engage students in learning throughout their lives.  Some love it and others don’t.


A lunar eclipse (Scott Andersen)

However, if you have a child who loves it, then I recommend you feed their love with lots of rich content and science-related opportunities.  So studying about the dark side of the moon can be quite illuminating…and inspiring…and it might just be the vehicle to an enriching academic and professional career.

We definitely need amazing scientists!

Please allow me to recommend the Cosmos series, which you are able to purchase (I just found that out).


The eclipse is shown over time. (Luis Acosta / AFP – Getty Images)

The eclipse was visible this morning for about five and a half hours beginning around 12:30am for North America.

I hope you caught a glimpse.  If not and you want to share a video with your children, I found this one from the Today Show to be sufficient.

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UPDATE 2-7-11


I love this video from space:





OK, I have to share one more video to honor the title of this blog entry.  This video has NOTHING to do with this morning’s eclipse other than the title of the album from which it is taken is where I got the title for this blog entry.  Enjoy!

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