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Full lunar eclipse visible Tuesday night across Israel
Haaretz ^ | May 05, 2004 | Eran Ofek

Posted on 05/04/2004 7:58:03 PM PDT by yonif

The early stages of the lunar eclipse visible in the sky over Tel Aviv on Tuesday night. (Haim Taragan)

A full lunar eclipse, visible in the night sky across Israel, started at 9:48 P.M. and ended at 1:12 A.M.

At 9:48 P.M. it was possible to see the shadow of the Earth gradually start to creep across the surface of the moon.

At 10:52 P.M. the entire moon was hidden in the shadow of the Earth and will be visible only as a reddish-gray disc.

The height of the eclipse came at 11:30 P.M. and by eight minutes past midnight the Earth's shadow began to slide off the moon's surface.

By 1:12 A.M. the moon returned to its regular visible appearance.

A lunar eclipse can only occur at full moon, and only if the moon passes through some portion of the Earth's shadow.

During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from the moon.

Partial and total eclipses are easy to observe, even with the naked eye.


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: lunareclipse

1 posted on 05/04/2004 7:58:04 PM PDT by yonif
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