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    Charles Guest

    Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

    Hi folks,

    Unfortunately, the weather will not be great for tonight's lunar eclipse:

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    Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight
    By Robert Roy Britt
    Senior Science Writer
    posted: 20 February 2008
    08:25 am ET

    A total eclipse of the moon tonight is expected to delight skywatchers across the United States and much of the world.

    It will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2010.

    The easy-to-watch event will play out in several stages as Earth's shadow blocks sunlight from shining on the moon. Weather permitting, the eclipse will be visible from all locations in the United States, according to NASA. Along the Oregon and northern California coasts, the moon will rise during the early stages of the eclipse, however.

    When to watch

    Eclipses occur only at full moon when the sun, Earth and moon are in a perfect line. Because the moon's orbit around Earth is not perfectly aligned with the plane of Earth's orbit around the sun, eclipses do not occur at every full moon.

    The moon will enter Earth's umbral shadow (the full shadow) at 8:43 p.m. ET (that's 7:43 p.m. Central, 6:43 p.m. Mountain and 5:43 p.m. Pacific) on Wednesday, Feb. 20. It will appear as though an ever-larger bite is being taken out of the moon.

    Some 78 minutes later, the moon will slip into full eclipse. About 51 minutes later, a bright scallop will appear as the moon starts emerging. It will be completely out of the umbral shadow at 9:09 p.m. Pacific time, which is 12:09 a.m. ET on Thursday morning.

    For Europe and Africa, the eclipse is a predawn Thursday event, with the moon starting entry to the umbral shadow at 1:43 Greenwich (or Universal) Time.

    What you'll see

    Look for the moon to possibly turn red during the total portion of the eclipse. "The exact color that the moon appears depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the atmosphere," according to a NASA statement. "If there are extra particles in the atmosphere, from say a recent volcanic eruption, the moon will appear a darker shade of red."

    The redness occurs because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon. The effect is to cast all the planet's sunrises and sunsets on the moon.

    Christopher Columbus famously used a blood-red eclipse in 1504 to frighten natives on Jamaica into feeding his crew.

    The planet Saturn and the bright star Regulus will form a broad triangle with the moon's ruddy disk, according to Joe Rao,'s Skywatching Columnist.

    You don't need any special equipment to watch a lunar eclipse. Comfortable chairs and warm clothing are good ideas. A telescope will bring out interesting details of the lunar surface, and even a small telescope will reveal Saturn's stunning rings.

    How It Happens:

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    Enjoy one of Mother Nature's more entertaining events.


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    herb Guest

    Re: Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

    well I'm home tonight, hopefully the weather will cooperate in NYC :)

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    ShipMaven Guest

    Re: Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

    I see the "bad" viewing area has spread since I posted last night. Too bad.

    I hope those who ARE in the viewing area will enjoy the sight. Good luck, Herb.

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    Krazy Kruizers Guest

    Re: Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

    Cloudy tonight with the possibility of snow.

    Oh well.

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    Lisa63 Guest

    Re: Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

    We are in one of the small patches of green on the map. It's almost 7:30 here, so we have about an hour and a half until it begins, I believe, and then another hour until peak. We can see the moon very clearly now... I hope the skies continue to cooperate.

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    BSeabob Guest

    Re: Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

    The moon just popped up from behind the mountains here in the valley...about 1/3 and a bit covered. As it gets higher will be better as there is some cloud around it right now at this elevation

    Very cool Would be better from the deck of a cruise ship though !!!!!!!!

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    iluvcruzin Guest

    Re: Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

    It's clear here in Southwest Ohio. It's going on right now. We are watching with binoculars.

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    red stripe Guest

    Re: Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

    Just went out for a look.
    although there are some clouds around, we could see it fine, It was pretty amazing, all of it has a tinge of red, but one side is a very dark red.
    I will go out later and look again.

    I love to see things like this. We sometimes forget just how wonderful a world we are living in.
    Sometimes we need to look up at the sky to remember just how small and unimportant we are.

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    audrey Guest

    Re: Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

    We went out and looked at it was really somthing to see.

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    herb Guest

    Re: Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

    nice and clear here in NYC.. moon was a dark rust color during full eclipse.


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