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NASA update: Half a century of climate change and a lunar eclipse

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Thursday, January 30, 2014, 4:06 PM -

NASA, as usual, is keeping an eye on the sky.

The space agency has captured some amazing things lately -- and we couldn't resist sharing them with you.

LUNAR ECLIPSE

On Jan 30, 2014, starting at 8:31 a.m. EST, the moon moved in line with NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatoryand the sun, allowing us to get a glimpse of a partial solar eclipse from space.

According to NASA, this type of lunar transit happens two to three times each year.

This particular eclipse lasted 2.5 hours, making it the longest one ever recorded.

Scientists aren't sure when the next transit of this kind will occur. 

Lunar transits as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The observatory watches the sun in different wavelengths of light, shown in different colours. Courtesy: NASA/SDO

Lunar transits as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The observatory watches the sun in different wavelengths of light, shown in different colours. Courtesy: NASA/SDO


SIXTY-THREE YEARS OF CLIMATE CHANGE


A grim visualization released earlier this month demonstrates how global temperatures have risen between 1950 and 2013.

According to NASA, 2013 tied for the seventh warmest year since 1880. 

"With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 133-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record," the space agency writes.


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