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"Red Moon" heading our way
AFP/yahoo.comnews ^ | November 5, 2003 | AFP

Posted on 11/05/2003 5:04:59 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

PARIS (AFP) - The Moon will turn a shade of red this Saturday when it will be fully eclipsed by the Earth, whose shadow will blot out all but a tiny fraction of solar light, astronomers said.

Total lunar eclipses occur when the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are all in alignment and the Moon travels into the broad cone of shadow cast by the Earth.

The Moon does not become invisible, though, because there is still residual sunlight that is deflected towards it by the Earth's atmosphere, most of which is light in the red part of the spectrum.

That causes the Moon to appear as a dark colour, usually a coppery red, orange or even brown.

The Earth's shadow will begin to creep over the Moon at about 2330 GMT on Saturday, Britain's Royal Astronomical Society said in a press statement received here.

The period of total eclipse will be relatively short, lasting from 0106 to 0131 GMT, and the last remnant of the shadow will leave the lunar face at 0305 GMT.

"We are not expecting the Moon to become very dark during this eclipse," the society's spokeswoman, Jacqueline Mitton, said. "It is likely to have a bright rim at its southern edge, which will only just be inside the shadow."

The entire event will be visible from Europe, northern and western Africa and some eastern parts of North and South America.

Australia, New Zealand, Japan and other parts of East Asia will be unable to see it, but regions in between will experience part of the eclipse around moonrise or moonset.

Total lunar eclipses occur roughly every couple of years.

Total solar eclipses happen when the Moon crosses between the Earth and the Sun. The next one of these will take place on November 23, but will be visible only from Antarctica.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apollo17; exploration; moon; ramadan2003; ramadandoubleeclipse; space

NASA Photo ID: AS17-145-22287 File Name: 10075987.jpg Film Type: 70mm Date Taken: 12/13/72 Title: Oblique view of Copernicus crater Description: Oblique view of the large crater Copernicus on the lunar nearside, as photographed from the Apollo 17 spacecraft in lunar orbit. This view is looking generally southwest toward the crater on the horizon. The coordinates of the center of Copernicus are approximetely 20 degrees west longitude and 9.5 degrees north latitude. Subject terms: APOLLO 17 FLIGHT APOLLO PROJECT CRATERS HORIZON LUNAR ORBITS LUNAR PHOTOGRAPHY LUNAR SURFACE


NASA Photo ID: AS17-140-21494 File Name: 10075972.jpg Film Type: 70mm Date Taken: 12/13/72 Title: View of Lunar Roving Vehicle parked at Station 6 by Apollo 17 astronauts Description: This view shows the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) parked by an outcrop of rocks by Astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. (Jack) Schmitt during their visit to Extravehicular Activity Station 6 (Henry Crater). Subject terms: APOLLO 17 FLIGHT APOLLO PROJECT COLLECTION CRATERS LUNAR ROCKS LUNAR ROVING VEHICLES LUNAR SURFACE LUNAR SURFACE VEHICLES SAMPLES

1 posted on 11/05/2003 5:04:59 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This, and the news of a solar eclipse are whipping the Mohammedans up into a frenzy.
2 posted on 11/05/2003 5:07:01 AM PST by Guillermo (Proud Infidel)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The terror-talking fellow on the Yahoo message board urging his fellow Muslims to leave New York, DC, and LA mentioned the eclipse in his time table. Spooky.
3 posted on 11/05/2003 5:08:59 AM PST by Quilla
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To: Guillermo; Sabertooth
Yes, the red moon...the blood moon.
4 posted on 11/05/2003 5:09:19 AM PST by xrp
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To: Guillermo
Does this mean the 12th Mahdi will appear? Cousin Earl is coming up from Arkansas this weekend. Sure hope he doesn't pick up any hitch-hikers...
5 posted on 11/05/2003 5:11:52 AM PST by donozark
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To: Guillermo; Quilla; xrp; All

6 posted on 11/05/2003 5:12:40 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Total Lunar Eclipse of November 09

                                   Penumbral Eclipse Begins:  22:15:00 UT
                                     Partial Eclipse Begins:  23:32:21 UT
                                       Total Eclipse Begins:  01:06:07 UT
                                           Greatest Eclipse:  01:18:23 UT
                                         Total Eclipse Ends:  01:30:38 UT
                                       Partial Eclipse Ends:  03:04:24 UT
                                     Penumbral Eclipse Ends:  04:21:48 UT

The second lunar eclipse of the year occurs six lunations after the first. It takes place at the ascending node of Luna's orbit in Aries. This time, the Moon is 1.4 days shy of apogee and appears 12% smaller (= 29.4 arc-minutes) than it was during May's eclipse. The Moon's trajectory takes it well to the south of the umbral shadow's central axis resulting in a total eclipse which lasts just 25 minutes. At mid-totality, the Moon's southern limb is a scant 0.6 arc-minutes from the umbra's edge. Even the northern limb is 23.4 arc-minutes from the centre of the shadow. Assuming that the transparency of Earth's atmosphere remains relatively unchanged, the November eclipse will be dramatically brighter than the May event because of the shallow umbral depth. Since different parts of the Moon will probe radically different portions of Earth's umbral shadow, a large variation in shadow brightness can be expected. The totally eclipsed Moon will appear to have a bright rim along its southern edge.


7 posted on 11/05/2003 5:13:13 AM PST by petuniasevan
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To: Guillermo
If a big bright red moon being eclipsed doesn't give the jihadis a lump in their shorts I don't know what would.
8 posted on 11/05/2003 5:14:12 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: petuniasevan
Bump!
9 posted on 11/05/2003 5:14:18 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: kayak
Hoping for clear skies. The moon was beautiful last night, accompanying Mars across the s. sky.....
10 posted on 11/05/2003 5:14:37 AM PST by Molly Pitcher (Is Reality Optional?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
bump.
11 posted on 11/05/2003 5:25:27 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Guillermo
This, and the news of a solar eclipse are whipping the Mohammedans up into a frenzy.

November 9 is 11-9. 11-9, 9-11, hmmm. If they had anything saved this would be the time for them to do it.

12 posted on 11/05/2003 5:34:34 AM PST by #3Fan
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To: donozark
ROFL!!
13 posted on 11/05/2003 5:47:49 AM PST by Guillermo (Proud Infidel)
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To: petuniasevan
yeh,...right


like Im comprehending THAT!
14 posted on 11/05/2003 6:20:50 AM PST by Hammerhead
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
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15 posted on 11/05/2003 6:29:01 AM PST by Faith65
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Bump
16 posted on 11/05/2003 6:34:46 AM PST by LayoutGuru2 (Call me paranoid but finding '/*' inside this comment makes me suspicious)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
(Acts 2:20 KJV) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

17 posted on 11/05/2003 6:38:28 AM PST by razorbak
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To: Molly Pitcher
Thanks for the heads up ..... :-)
18 posted on 11/05/2003 6:42:41 AM PST by kayak (The Vast, Right-Wing Conspiracy is truly Vast! [JohnHuang2])
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To: freeperfromnj; jonalvy44
check this out....

terror threats in NYC, DC, LA; solar flares; and now a red moon

There are references to a red moon in the Book of Revelation I believe.

* securing tinfoil *
19 posted on 11/05/2003 8:12:21 AM PST by appalachian_dweller (If we accept responsibility for our own actions, we are indeed worthy of our freedom. Bill Whittle)
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To: razorbak
>> (Acts 2:20 KJV) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

A solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse on the same day? That, of course, is impossible, since the Moon needs to be on the far side of the sun for a lunar eclipse, and on the near side for a solar eclipse. They'd have to be about two weeks apart... Look for either symbolism here, or for a supenatural event.
20 posted on 11/05/2003 8:41:22 AM PST by dangus
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To: appalachian_dweller
Plug "red moon" into the google search engine. Interesting stuff and BTW...Repent! ;)
21 posted on 11/05/2003 8:46:30 AM PST by Brian S
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To: #3Fan

Recent image from a Yahoo! Group page.

More detail on FR thread Al Qaeda again threatens New York, Washington and Los Angeles

22 posted on 11/05/2003 8:55:08 AM PST by Momaw Nadon (The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work unless it's open.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
So, 9 o'clock on the east coast is when it will happen ?
23 posted on 11/05/2003 8:58:04 AM PST by Rainmist
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
bump for later read
24 posted on 11/05/2003 9:16:17 AM PST by lupie
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To: Brian S
Thanks for the suggestion. There is some VERY interesting reading.

Stay Safe
25 posted on 11/05/2003 9:22:50 AM PST by appalachian_dweller (If we accept responsibility for our own actions, we are indeed worthy of our freedom. Bill Whittle)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Hi CW, By chance do you know if this 'red moon' will be visible (I know barring cloud cover) in the easter US. We live near Pittsburgh, and last week's northern light show was spectacular. I would like my kids to see this eclipse if possible...any astronomer FReepers know?
26 posted on 11/05/2003 9:39:05 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom
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To: PennsylvaniaMom; Rainmist; All
Some interesting info here: Overview of Nov. 8 Total Lunar Eclipse***Skywatchers across most of the Americas as well as much of Europe and Africa will have their second opportunity in 2003 to view of one of nature's most beautiful spectacles: A total eclipse of the Moon.

The eclipse occurs Saturday night, Nov. 8 in the Americas and early the next morning in Europe and elsewhere.

Viewers especially in the eastern United States, many of whom were stymied by clouds during a sister event May 15, will be given another chance to see the Moon immersed completely within the Earth's shadow.***

27 posted on 11/05/2003 1:28:51 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Momaw Nadon
Looks like the cover of a video game, "Let's all moon Osama".
28 posted on 11/06/2003 12:52:26 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: razorbak
A lunar eclipse is not a rare occurance; no need to go apocalyptic...
29 posted on 11/06/2003 12:56:26 PM PST by stands2reason (REWARD! Tagline missing since 10/21. Pithy, clever. Last seen in Chat. Sentimental value.)
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To: Rainmist
8:06 pm
30 posted on 11/06/2003 1:04:39 PM PST by eyespysomething (As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17))
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To: bjcintennessee
ping for later
31 posted on 11/06/2003 1:06:09 PM PST by bjcintennessee (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)
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To: Guillermo
red moon frenzy bump
32 posted on 11/06/2003 8:44:00 PM PST by GOPJ
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