Hey Space Placers!
I hope you are tuning in to SLOOH - see yesterday's blog for the link - to watch the lunar eclipse live. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is working during the eclipse to gather valuable data on how the Moon cools down during totality.
On the Moon you would see a total SOLAR eclipse as the Earth blocks out the Sun. When this happens the temperature on the Moon's surface begins to fall. By how much and how fast this temperature declines and then rises once the Sun returns, yields valuable information abut the surface composition and texture of the area measured.
LRO carries DIVINER, an instrument designed to take the Moon's temperature. DIVINER will take thousands of measurements during the eclipse which really is a scientific windfall of valuable data that could not be obtained otherwise.
So enjoy the eclipse and wish LRO a successful workday. Read More About It: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/dec2011-eclipse.html
Sky Guy in VA
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