The length of time a lunar eclipse takes varies, depending on the distance between the earth and the moon when the eclipse occurs, and whether it is a partial, or total eclipse. In general, a total lunar eclipse can last between 1 and 2 hours.
During a total lunar eclipse there are partial phases before and after the total phase. The partial phases occur when the moon is not entirely within the earth's shadow and the total phase occurs when the moon is completely within the shadow. The moon appears reddish in color during this phase. The entire eclipse lasts approximately 3 1/2 hours, and the total phase lasts approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours.Learn More
The Orion Nebula, so named because of its proximity to the belt of the Orion constellation, is one of the brightest nebulae in the night sky and a region where young stars are in the process of forming. Astronomers have studied the nebula and learned much about the formation of protoplanets and brown dwarf stars. The nebula and its surroundings are home to more than 2,000 stars.Full Answer >
Titan is 3,200.051 miles in diameter. It the second-largest moon out of hundreds in the solar system and is Saturn's largest. Titan's mass is 80 percent greater than that of the Earth's moon, and its diameter is 50 percent longer than the diameter of the Earth's moon.Full Answer >
The average temperature on Mercury is 332 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest temperatures on the planet can reach 801 degrees Fahrenheit, and temperatures can drop to as low as -279 degrees Fahrenheit.Full Answer >
The solar system formed approximately 4.6 billion years ago from clouds of dust and gas that were disrupted by astrophysical events. The shock wave began squeezing and clumping the clouds into a dense mass.Full Answer >