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A special celestial event is on the calendar for this Sunday night and experts are already raving: A full 62 luxurious minutes of totality, says Sky and Telescope Magazine . The Only Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019, promises NASA . This full moon will appear to be one of the largest of 2019, reports Space.com . North and South America will get the best view of the super blood moon, as its known, but Europeans and Africans will also be able to watch weather permitting. So, lets break down the hype, starting with the eclipse. A map showing the regions that can view the Jan. 21, 2019, total lunar eclipse. F. Espenak / NASAs GSFC Unlike a solar eclipse, when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, a total lunar eclipse occurs when Earth aligns to block the suns light from the moon. That can only happen when the moon is on the opposite side of Earth from the sun. About once a month, a full moon is visible when it nears that far point and shines brightly as Earth covers up most of
The White House has blocked an emergency effort to finish major U.S.-funded school, water and sewage projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, according to documents reviewed by NPR. It is the latest of a series of moves by the Trump administration to shut down U.S. aid to Palestinians, which is scheduled to end Feb 1. In the West Bank, a nearly complete multimillion-dollar sewage network in Jericho will have to be buried under asphalt and abandoned, and a $1.4 million school facility under construction in the Bethlehem area will be left behind, according to a recent document from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Anera, the U.S.-funded aid group carrying out the school project, recently received notification from the U.S. government that it may have to tear down the school, said Sean Carroll, the head of Anera . USAID , which oversees these projects, will lay off most of its local staff within months, U.S. officials say. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they
NPRs Ari Shapiro catches up with Brazilian composer and pianist Andr Mehmari, who improvised a nearly 30-minute version of the All Things Considered theme song.
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