Watch the Milky Way Instantly Pop Into View During Lunar Eclipse
Talk about a total eclipse of the heart.
For a brief and shining moment, this week’s lunar eclipse allowed a stunning view of our lovely home, the Milky Way galaxy.
Video of the spectacular event was captured by the Gemini Observatory’s All-Sky camera at its facilities on Hilo, Hawaii. In the three seconds at approximately 5:30 PM local time that the Sun, Earth, and Moon aligned and thus placed the Moon in our planet’s shadow (known as the totality), it was dark enough for the far reaches of our galaxy to be viewed from Gemini’s powerful telescope.
Apparently, one didn’t even need Gemini’s uber-powerful telescopic camera to see the Milky Way during the eclipse, either.
This eclipse also presented an opportunity for notorious scientific wonder-denier Neil deGrasse Tyson to insist that eclipses are altogether “un-spectacular” — which caused a number of irked responses from skywatchers, as well as, uh, the Wendy’s fast food chain.
As one of said responders noted, seeing the Milky Way isn’t all that uncommon — but that doesn’t make it any less awe-inspiring.
“The Milky Way can be seen most nights in the summer if you’re away from light pollution,” they wrote, “and I’m in awe every time I see it.”
Take that, Neil!