A Rare Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Is Happening In January

A Rare Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Is Happening In January

A Rare Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Is Happening In January

The control centre will choose a proper time to land the probe on the far side of the moon, according to CNSA.

The probe, the Chang'e-4, entered a planned orbit on Sunday "to prepare for the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon", the news agency said, citing the China National Space Administration.

The Chang'e 4 spacecraft, launched December 7 on a Long March-3B rocket, initially entered lunar orbit five days later on December 12, deploying a landing craft and a surface rover in preparation for its descent. Beijing is also planning to inaugurate its own manned space station next year.

At 12:12 a.m. ET on January 21, a rare lunar phenomenon known as a super blood wolf moon eclipse will be visible in the night skies over North and South America and western parts of Europe and Africa.

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NASA says: "Lunar eclipses occur about two to four times per year, when the Moon passes into the Earth's shadow". They also can take advantage of the far side's shield against Earth's interference to make clearer observations into deep space, scientists involved in the program expect.

30 December, the Chinese spacecraft "Chang'e-4" went into orbit, which will be landing on the back side of the moon.

While humans have visited the near side, or the visible side of the moon multiple times, the dark side of the moon has long fascinated humanity. The far side of the moon isn't dark, we don't see it from Earth and as such the far side is much less known and studied than the side of the moon we see.

For those unaware, the near side of the moon was reached by United States astronauts between 1969 and 1976, while the Soviet Union achieved the feat in 1976.

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Understandably, there's very little information about the dark side of the moon, and China could become the first nation to shed light on it. In 2013, China made its first landing on the near side using its Chang'e-3 probe.

China wants to catch up to 2030 to the leading space powers, Russian Federation and the United States. Oftentimes it's setting a lofty goal we'd like to achieve over the following 12 months, but China's space agency won't need to wait almost that long to place a large feather in its 2019 cap.

If successful, the Chang'e-4 mission will be a step toward China's ambitions to be on par with the United States and Russian Federation in the field of space exploration.

Beijing, for its part, insists its intentions are completely peaceful.

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