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*Vanity* Moon bright with huge halo. Eclipse pending.
Me ^ | December 21, 2010 | Me

Posted on 12/20/2010 9:34:43 PM PST by decimon

Here in New York, anyway. Looks like a hazy sky.


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: astronomy; eclipse; moon
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1 posted on 12/20/2010 9:34:45 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon; neverdem

Baying ping.


2 posted on 12/20/2010 9:35:50 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

East coast, south of your location. Bright, clear, and beautiful. Longer days ahead.


3 posted on 12/20/2010 9:36:26 PM PST by allmost
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To: decimon

Trying to stay awake until 1:32am when it starts. Don’t think I’ll make until 3am to see the full eclipse.


4 posted on 12/20/2010 9:38:56 PM PST by SMCC1
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To: decimon

Beautiful, clear moonrise here (northwestern North Carolina) but patchy clouds now. Pretty thin, so it’ll still be visible. Might even give a reddish glow to them, which would be cool looking, if slightly eerie.


5 posted on 12/20/2010 9:40:57 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: decimon

San Jose CA. After days of rain, fog and clouds it’s a clear, crisp night with wispy clouds. Hoping to stay up for the beginning at least.


6 posted on 12/20/2010 9:51:18 PM PST by Bhoy
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To: Bhoy

It is supposed to be around 9:40 PST - we have clear sky in western WA and can see the moon perfectly, but nothing is happening.


7 posted on 12/20/2010 9:54:32 PM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: decimon
It was like that here too, a ring around the moon--my 10 y/o called it a werewolf moon, LOL. I remember an old Dan Fogelberg song (one of my favorites) called "In the Passage" when I see this kind of moon:

IN THE PASSAGE

There's a ring around the moon tonight and a chill in the air
And a fire in the stars that hang so near, so near
There's a sound in the wind that blows through the wild mountain holds
Like the sighs of a thousand crying souls, crying souls
There's a time when the traveler is fated to find
That insight has turned his gaze behind, behind
And the steps taken yesterday will beckon again
And lead to his weary journey's end, his journey's end

[Chorus:]
And in the passage from the cradle to the grave
we are born, madly dancing
Rushing headlong through the crashing of the days
We run on and on without a backwards glance
We run on and on without a backwards glance

I cast my fate with the wife of Lot I turned my gaze around
Knowing neither what I sought nor what was to be found
Heeding weakness, feeding strength, oh life at length is frail
I seek again the river's source through time's dark shadowed veil,
time's dark shadowed veil
In the fast fading century, as we spin through the years
I pray that our failing vision clears, our vision clears

[Chorus:]
And in the passage from the cradle to the grave
we are born, madly dancing
Rushing headlong through the crashing of the days
We run on and on without a backwards glance
We run on and on without a backwards glance

The places dash and the faces dart like fishes in a dream
Hiding 'neath the murky banks of long forgotten streams
The lines of life are never long when seen from end to end
The future's never coming, and the past has never been

There's a ring around the moon tonight, and a chill in the air
And a fire in the stars that hang so near, so near

8 posted on 12/20/2010 9:57:52 PM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: decimon

Here in the southwest it is hazy but bright, I could go hiking without a flashlight but I don’t see any real change yet.


9 posted on 12/20/2010 9:58:00 PM PST by tiki
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To: decimon

Not a cloud in sight in south central Louisiana. Supposed to start about 12:15 am CST.


10 posted on 12/20/2010 10:01:47 PM PST by cajuncow
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To: cajuncow

Clear as glass in NE Texas.


11 posted on 12/20/2010 10:03:48 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: tiki

Almost 10:00 in Western Washington - I must have blinked.


12 posted on 12/20/2010 10:08:40 PM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: decimon; mylife
I saw the huge halo around the moon last night. (It's morning in my part of the world now.)

Because it's daytime, we don't get to see the eclipse. We looked up the viewing areas yesterday and saw that we were completely out of it.

I hope y'all get to see it. I wonder if it will be a "blood moon?"

13 posted on 12/20/2010 10:11:42 PM PST by Allegra (I painted fuchsia stripes on my elbows.)
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To: pillut48

Here’s a link to the song...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvybX3p_s_Y


14 posted on 12/20/2010 10:14:18 PM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: Allegra
I wonder if it will be a "blood moon?"

It's supposed to be red. We'll see.

15 posted on 12/20/2010 10:16:14 PM PST by decimon
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To: Allegra

You are back over there already?

Yes it should be a blood moon.


16 posted on 12/20/2010 10:17:00 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
You are back over there already?

Yep. I was home for 24 glorious days that went by at the speed of light. :)

I've seen a couple of those blood moons before and they are spectacular. I think the last one I saw was in Houston around '98 or '99...somewhere around then. And I'm pretty sure it was summertime.

17 posted on 12/20/2010 10:20:02 PM PST by Allegra (I painted fuchsia stripes on my elbows.)
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To: decimon

Was wondering if anyone would comment. Just went outside and the moon is at 12 o’clock and kicka$$ bright tonight, must be really good atmospherics here.


18 posted on 12/20/2010 10:20:15 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: decimon

Thin clouds moving in now, but it should not obstruct the view.


19 posted on 12/20/2010 10:20:43 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: The Cajun

Nothing yet. Getting hungry. Boudin sounding good.


20 posted on 12/20/2010 10:21:29 PM PST by cajuncow
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To: Allegra

Is this going to be your last “tour”?

Have a Merry Christmas over there.


21 posted on 12/20/2010 10:22:19 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Reddy

Yes, it was in my post. :-)


22 posted on 12/20/2010 10:23:06 PM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: cajuncow

Crystal clear and cold in SW FL. Almost 1:30. Guess I’ll stay up a while. Should start soon. Getting my field glasses.


23 posted on 12/20/2010 10:24:51 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (pka: Amos the Prophet)
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To: Baynative

I looked it up and thought 10:41 to start. Very clear. Clouds gone. Have to run outside to see. Why not? I wasn’t paying attention 456 yrs ago and probably won’t be paying attention 200 years from now. [grin]


24 posted on 12/20/2010 10:25:07 PM PST by Bhoy
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To: Baynative; Bhoy

Live feed here

http://www.ccssc.org/webcast.html

I am in N. County Riverside CA rain rain and nothing but heavy rains, winds with no let up in site, so will not be able to see eclipse..:(


25 posted on 12/20/2010 10:25:55 PM PST by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: cajuncow
Nothing yet. Getting hungry. Boudin sounding good.

LOL, was getting sleepy and just got a big mug of coffee, that should keep me going till 2:00 am and probably beyond.

26 posted on 12/20/2010 10:26:22 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: mylife

cloudy in H-town :(


27 posted on 12/20/2010 10:33:55 PM PST by smokingfrog (Do all the talking you want, but do what I tell you.)
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To: smokingfrog

clouds are getting thicker here, but the visibility is still OK.


28 posted on 12/20/2010 10:37:59 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: decimon

Cloudy here in NC, can’t see it.


29 posted on 12/20/2010 10:40:34 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: The Cajun
Just went outside and the moon is at 12 o’clock and kicka$$ bright tonight, must be really good atmospherics here.

I think the moon is extra bright because the sun is nearly opposite the moon just before the eclipse.

30 posted on 12/20/2010 10:42:36 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

Darn pineapple express!


31 posted on 12/20/2010 10:43:34 PM PST by hope
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To: decimon

Mountains above Bakersfield have zero visibility tonight, you can’t even tell where the moon would be. All I can see is the distant light pollution of town reflecting in the rain and off the clouds.

Shame, the kids had hoped to see something.


32 posted on 12/20/2010 10:45:05 PM PST by ResearchMonkey (Holding Conservative Country in California.)
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To: mylife

Earlier, the clouds were pretty thin, but they are a lot thicker now. Can only see the moon occasionally through a break in the clouds.


33 posted on 12/20/2010 10:45:57 PM PST by smokingfrog (Do all the talking you want, but do what I tell you.)
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To: decimon

Moon is starting to darken on one “corner” now.


34 posted on 12/20/2010 10:47:41 PM PST by cajuncow
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To: MinorityRepublican
Cloudy here in NC, can’t see it.

Post #5 says it's clear in northwestern NC. But then clouds can come and go quickly.

35 posted on 12/20/2010 10:48:32 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

And the clouds are now rolling in.


36 posted on 12/20/2010 10:49:47 PM PST by cajuncow
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To: decimon
I think the moon is extra bright because the sun is nearly opposite the moon just before the eclipse.

Makes sense. Think I see a slight hint it may be starting here. Doesn't seem to be a perfectly circular disk like it was 15 minutes ago or my eyes are going out on me ;^)

37 posted on 12/20/2010 10:52:10 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: cajuncow
Moon is starting to darken on one “corner” now.

Looks like it. But what was haze is now thicker. I might lose it to cloudiness.

38 posted on 12/20/2010 10:53:57 PM PST by decimon
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To: smokingfrog

Well, it has started here, but the clouds are getting thicker.


39 posted on 12/20/2010 10:55:54 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: cajuncow

About 1/5 of moon now dark, no clouds yet.


40 posted on 12/20/2010 10:56:24 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: smokingfrog

Looks like it may be starting here! I don’t have a telescope set up or binoculars, but it seems like the points between 10 and 12 o’clock is starting to darken...it’s 12:40 am right now, 54 degrees in the northeastern DFW area!


41 posted on 12/20/2010 10:56:52 PM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: pillut48

Binos are great. Darkening at the corner? now. How does a round have a corner?


42 posted on 12/20/2010 11:00:38 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (pka: Amos the Prophet)
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To: The Cajun

Able to watch through the clouds.


43 posted on 12/20/2010 11:01:00 PM PST by cajuncow
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To: mylife
Is this going to be your last “tour”?

Well, I've been saying "this is my last tour" for about four years now. So, yes, this is my last one, can you can take that however you want. ;-) (My dad now says, "Yeah, right.")

I see on the news that the moon is eclipsing now. Are ya seeing anything cool?

A very Merry Christmas to you, too!

44 posted on 12/20/2010 11:05:28 PM PST by Allegra (I painted fuchsia stripes on my elbows.)
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To: mylife

Too much cloud cover now. I can’t see squat.


45 posted on 12/20/2010 11:08:51 PM PST by smokingfrog (Do all the talking you want, but do what I tell you.)
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To: Allegra

We have about 1/4 eclipse.

I am off to bed.


46 posted on 12/20/2010 11:09:58 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: pillut48

“...points between 10 and 12 o’clock is starting to darken...”

Interesting I didn’t think of correspondence in direction of shadow moved with viewing point on Earth. From Bay Area Cal position on moon shadow bagan was 7 o’clock.


47 posted on 12/20/2010 11:10:56 PM PST by Bhoy
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To: smokingfrog

Pretty clear here. thin clouds.
I can still make out lunar craters and mountains, but I cant stay awake LoL.


48 posted on 12/20/2010 11:11:23 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: decimon

Half eclipsed. Bright clear skies.


49 posted on 12/20/2010 11:21:51 PM PST by allmost
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To: decimon; The Cajun

Halfway now. Can view only through breaks in clouds.


50 posted on 12/20/2010 11:28:31 PM PST by cajuncow
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