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Moon turns red after lunar eclipse glides across the Americas

A lunar eclipse has unfolded for over three hours across American timezones, after the moon began moving into the earth's shadow.

The moon fully eclipsed between the colours of orange, red and brown glows.

The below image was taken while the moon glowed red in Buenos Aires:

The moon is seen as it begins a total lunar eclipse. Credit: REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Tuesday's eclipse will be the first of four total lunar eclipses that will take place between 2014 to 2015.

Total lunar eclipse turns moon red over America


Watch the live lunar 'blood moon' eclipse

Two significant events will take place simultaneously as Mars reaches its closest point to Earth while the Moon will be totally eclipsed, causing the whole moon to turn red.

The expected lunar eclipse can be seen in North America and on the YouTube channel below from 07:00am UK time.

The live image stream will be hosted by Slooh Observatory Director Paul Cox and Slooh astronomer Bob Berman, who will be reporting live from Prescott Observatory in Prescott, Arizona.

International Space Station snapped soaring over earth

The International Space Station has been photographed soaring over England by cameraman Peter Rossiter.

Stargazers in the UK have been glued to the skies this winter to see the ISS orbiting above.


Cameraman @peter_rossiter shot the International Space Station #ISS last night. Did you snap this or the eclipse?


With clear skies the best times to see the man-made object should be between 9.04pm and 10.40pm.

Read more on space and the International Space Station

Competition to name Brit astronaut's mission launched

A competition has been launched asking people to name astronaut Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station.

Major Peake will become the first official British astronaut. Credit: UK Space Centre

Read: UK astronaut set for 2015 launch

Peake, who is set to become the first Briton to visit the ISS, took time out from his training to talk to school groups and hear some of their suggestions for the mission's name.

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: "The naming competition is just one of many opportunities for young people to get involved in a mission that will shape the future of Britain’s space programme and inspire generations.”

Peake said: “The ISS is a cutting edge research laboratory that is pushing the boundaries of what is scientifically, technically and humanly possibly. My 6 month stay onboard mankind's outpost in space is going to be both challenging and incredibly exciting."

The winning entrant will see their suggested name become the mission's official title and they will receive a signed mission logo.

Click here for more information on the competition


International Space Station crew return to earth

The three member Expedition 38 crew rests outside after landing in the snowy steppe of Kazakhstan. Credit: Nasa TV

A capsule carrying a US-Russian crew back to Earth after nearly six months on the International Space Station has landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Nasa said that the Soyuz capsule carrying American Mike Hopkins and Russians Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy touched down as scheduled, south east of the town of Dzhezkazgan. They spent 166 days in orbit on the space station.

Nasa discovers a 'bonanza' of new worlds

This artist concept depicts multiple-transiting planet systems, which are stars with more than one planet Credit: NASA

Nasa's has announced the discovery of 715 new planets, it announced today. This "bonanza" of newly verified worlds was discovered by the Kepler mission and orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems similar to our own, some of which could support life.

Around 95% of the planets discovered are smaller than Neptune - which is four times the size of Earth- which means that the number of smaller 'earth-like' planets known to scientists has increased dramatically to 1,700.

The Kepler mission was launched in 2009 and its aim is to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover smaller Earth-like planets in the 'habitable zone', an area of distance from a star where the conditions of an orbiting planet may be suitable for life-giving liquid water.

Four of these new planets are less than 2.5 times the size of Earth and orbit in their sun's habitable zone.

One of these new habitable zone planets, Kepler-296f, orbits a star half the size and a fraction as bright as our sun. Kepler-296f is twice the size of Earth, but scientists do not know whether the planet is a gaseous world, or it is a water world encased by deep ocean.

Read more: One in five stars 'circled by Earth-like planet'

Curiosity tweets picture of Earth from surface of Mars

The Mars Curiosity Rover has tweeted an image of the twilight sky and Martian horizon which includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky.

Earth sits left of centre in the picture, with moon is just below.

The view was captured about 80 minutes after sunset on the 529th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (31st January 2014). The image has been processed to remove effects of cosmic rays.

A human observer with normal vision, if standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and the moon as two distinct, bright "evening stars."

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