Partial Lunar Eclipse Monday—During a "Supermoon"


Partial Lunar Eclipse Monday—During a "Supermoon"

Earth's shadow to take bite out of larger-than-normal full moon.

A partial lunar eclipse above Greek mountains.

Ker Than

for National Geographic News

Published June 1, 2012

Earth's dark shadow will appear to take a bite out of the full moon Monday during a partial lunar eclipse.

At the same time, the moon will be at perigee—the lunar orb's closest approach during its egg-shaped orbit around our planet—creating an eclipsed "supermoon."

Lunar eclipses happen when the full moon, Earth, and the sun are lined up so that the moon crosses through Earth's shadow. (See lunar eclipse pictures.)

"It's a very cool kind of thing to see. It gives us an almost 3-D feeling for space that we don't normally get," said Mark Hammergren, an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

Coined in 1979, the term "supermoon" is often used to describe a full or new moon that coincides with perigee—something that happens about once a year, on average. (Related: "Titanic Sunk by 'Supermoon' and Celestial Alignment?")

We don't see an eclipse with every full moon because our natural satellite follows a tilted orbit around Earth. This tilt also means that an eclipse can be full or partial, depending on how much of the lunar disk falls in our planet's shadow.

The last total lunar eclipse was in December 2011, and the next one doesn't happen until April 2014.

Monday's partial eclipse will be visible to sky-watchers in most of North and South America during the early hours before sunrise.

Meanwhile, observers in Australia, the eastern parts of Asia, and across the Pacific Ocean will see the partial lunar eclipse Monday evening just after sunset.

The eclipse will last for more than two hours and will reach its peak around 4 a.m. PT, when about a third of the moon's disk will be covered in shadow.

Lunar Eclipse Writ Large

In early May the moon was at perigee within minutes of the official full moon phase, creating a supermoon that appeared 16 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the year's other full moons.

Next week the moon will officially reach perigee the day before the full moon, swinging just 222,750 miles (358,482 kilometers) from Earth.

But the lunar orb is only 0.26 percent farther away on the days before and after its closest approach, Hammergren said.

That means the full moon will still look slightly larger than normal during Monday's partial eclipse.

"It won't be a very noticeable effect," Hammergren said. "The full moon will look only about 5 percent larger than it does on average, appearing perhaps just a little bigger than it usually does."

Still, he added in an email, a supermoon eclipse is a relatively rare sight.

"If you restrict the label of 'perigee' to within only one day of true perigee, then such eclipses will only occur every 10 to 12 years."

(Related: "Lunar Eclipse + Winter Solstice—First in 372 Years.")

Eclipse "Visible Proof" of Earth's Shape

While partial lunar eclipses are entertaining events for modern sky-watchers, in ancient times they served as some of the first evidence that Earth is not flat, Hammergren added.

"The Greeks understood that lunar eclipses happen when the shadow of the Earth is falling on the moon," Hammergren said.

(Related: "Ancient Eclipse Found in The Odyssey, Scientists Say.")

During a partial eclipse, Earth's shadow on the moon's face clearly traces a circle.

"No matter what your angle was when the eclipse occurred, the shadow was always circular. And the only thing that projects a circular shadow no matter its orientation is a sphere," he said.

If Earth was flat, by contrast, the shadow would sometimes appear as a thin line or a squashed oval.

An eclipse, therefore, is "visible proof that anyone can see."

Transit of Venus: your last chance to see it before 2117

Transit of Venus 2004
The last transit of Venus in front of the sun in 2004. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Return of the Goddess, 6-5-2012 (and Her Update)… from Portal 2012



Return of the Goddess, 6-5-2012

After the great success of World Liberation Day and even greater success of Reboot of the Grid, our efforts for planetary liberation continue. This time, we will meet in groups large and small, as individuals and couples, at the exact time of the Venus transit on June 5th. Masses will gather and visualize the arrival of the Goddess energy so that for the first time in 5000 years we will have the chance to co-create our own spiritual destiny in harmony and replace the outdated society of war and conflict with a more advanced one of spiritual understanding. We need to have 144,000 people doing this visualization with focus to achieve the desired effect.


On June 5th/6th there will be a Venus transit, a rare cosmic event when planet Venus passes in front of the solar disk. This Venus transit will mark a completion of the 8 year cycle of the Return of the Goddess which started with a previous Venus transit in 2004. Goddess energy is a pure feminine essence of Love that will help us easing the planetary liberation process. Both masculine energies of action and feminine energies of receptivity are needed to complete this process successfully. Removal of all dark entities will be a direct consequence of a newly achieved balance of female and male energies on this planet.

We will all be doing this visualization at the same time, the moment of the Venus transit, which comes this June 5th/6st. Exact times for different time zones are:

3:30 pm HAST June5th (Hawaii)
5:30 pm AKDT June5th (Alaska)
6:30 pm PDT June5th (Los Angeles)
7:30 pm MDT June5th (Denver)
8:30 pm CDT June5th (Houston)
9.30 pm EDT June5th (New York)
10:30 pm BRT June5th (Rio de Janeiro)
2:30 am BST June6th (London)
3:30 am CEST June6th (Paris)
3:30 am SAST June6th (South Africa)
4:30 am EEST June6th (Bulgaria)
5:30 am MSK June6th (Moscow)
7:00 am IST June6th (India)
9:30 am CST June6th (Beijing)
10:30 am JST June6th (Tokyo)
11:30 am AEST June6th (Sydney)

If your place is not listed, you can find the exact transit center time for your location:


1. Relax your mind and body by watching your breath for a few minutes.

2. Visualize a pillar of electric blue Light emanating from the Galactic Central Sun, going through your body to the center of the Earth. Keep this pillar of Light active for a few minutes. Then visualize a loving feminine presence in the shape of a beautiful Goddess descending from the sky and entering your physical body. If you are female, this presence will harmonize your inner woman and make you more loving. If you are male, this presence will make you more balanced in your actions. Stay united with that presence for a while.

3. Visualize bright new spiritual future for humanity, with men and women in perfect understanding, with our society growing beyond need for wars and conflicts as all dark entities, physical and non-physical, are removed from our planet. Visualize all wounds of humanity being healed, all humanity being inspired and guided with everybody having their own connection with their own Soul and the Source in perfect balance of their inner male and female aspects.

Please do this visualization as instructed and do not change it as otherwise it will not have the desired effect.

More information about the Venus transit:

About the Goddess energy:


Return of the Goddess – Update

The critical mass for this visualization to have desired effect is about 118,000 people worldwide actually doing it with focus. If we consider that human concentration and meditation skills are not perfect, we need 144,000 people as the critical mass.

But to read about it is one thing and actually do the visualization on 6-5-2012 completely another. I would encourage as many people as possible to actually participate, although it may be in the early morning hours in your part of the world.

We can do it! It still needs to go viral! We need to reach millions of people, so that the critical mass of people actually doing it is attained. Please post it on your websites and blogs. If you know an alternative media outlet, you can send it to them. You can create a Facebook group for your local group of people doing this in your part of the world. You can create a video about this and post it on Youtube. If you have contact within Occupy movement or Anonymous, they might be interested in spreading this also.

You can also watch the video:

General information and guidelines about Return of the Goddess:

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