Mark Strehl Blog: Rare events in the sky Friday
Three rare events in the heavens occur this Friday. First of all, it's the first day of spring - the day that the sun's rays are directly over the equator. Equinox, Latin for equal night is when we have 12 hours of light and 12 hours of night.
It is also the night of the "super" moon. That just means that the moon is in close orbit around the Earth. It would look a bit bigger if you were able to see it - but you won't. That's because it's a New Moon, or a dark Moon - which is required for the last event a solar eclipse
An eclipse is when the moon blocks out the sun's rays on the surface of the Earth. The next time that an eclipse will happen on the equinox won't be until 2051!
Three events - unrelated -but unusually bundled!