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Red Moon set to dive behind Earth (Lunar Eclipse tonight)
BBC ^ | November 8th, 2003 | David Whitehouse

Posted on 11/08/2003 1:55:59 PM PST by Sabertooth

Red Moon set to dive behind Earth

By Dr David Whitehouse


BBC News Online science editor


Lunar eclipse, AP
The colour of the Moon can change dramatically

A total lunar eclipse will be visible on Saturday from Europe, Africa, the Americas, and much of Asia - if the weather is kind and gives clear skies.

The Moon regularly passes into the Earth's shadow and becomes dimmer. It happens about every six months or so.

A lunar eclipse has no great importance astronomically but can be enjoyed by many people without special equipment.

Skywatchers should train their eyes on the Moon from 2215 GMT, when it enters the outer edges of our planet's shadow.

In the UK, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England is using the eclipse to highlight the problem of light pollution.

Majestic clockwork

Mid-eclipse takes place between 0106 and 0131 GMT Sunday as the Moon transits the southern edge of the Earth's shadow.

WHERE IT WILL BE SEEN

Graphic, BBC

America, Europe, Africa and parts of Asia

Dust and cloud in Earth's atmosphere may affect the Moon's colour

Totality is quite short this time because the Moon only passes just inside the full shadow of the Earth, and the Moon's southern edge, in particular, should remain fairly bright.

As the show progresses, the Moon will get dimmer and, possibly, turn reddish during mid-eclipse, when the only light that can reach the lunar surface is red light refracted through the Earth's atmosphere.

Astronomers will be scrutinising the Moon's surface through telescopes to note how its appearance changes as the Sun is obscured by the Earth.

The Moon leaves the last bit of shadow at 0422 GMT.

Skywatchers in North America will see the eclipse begin in twilight as the Moon rises on Saturday evening. It will all be over by US midnight.

Imperturbable serenity

Although lunar eclipses have no great scientific significance, they are a spectacle of nature that delights and enthrals.

In the past things were different. It was a portent from the sky, possibly a sign of divine displeasure.

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE

Graphic, BBC

Occurs when Moon passes into Earth's shadow

Penumbra: Region where Earth blocks some (but not all) Sun rays

Umbra: Zone where Earth blocks all direct sunlight - total eclipse

But as superstition has given way to reason, a lunar eclipse has rightly come to be regarded as an example of the majestic clockwork of the heavens.

Thomas Hardy said the movement of the Earth's shadow over the Moon had an "imperturbable serenity".

The colour effect is the stuff of myth and legend. An account in 331 BC said: "...all her light was sullied and suffused with the hue of blood."

Some ancients called it "the time of the blood of the Great Mother's wisdom", linking the Moon's colour with menstruation.

This was a natural thing to do given the link between the length of the month and human fertility.

Ugly orange glow

In 1503, Christopher Columbus, stranded in the Caribbean, used a lunar eclipse he knew would take place to impress the natives and secure respect and fear, as well as a regular supply of food.

In the UK, countryside campaigners are using the eclipse to highlight the increasing problem of light pollution of the night sky.

The say the Moon may be visible but scattered light from towns and cities is snuffing out the stars.

"A lunar eclipse is spectacular, but more often than not the sky in which it appears is smeared with an ugly orange glow from light pollution," said Tom Oliver, the CPRE's head of rural policy.

"Why should thoughtless, wasteful outdoor lighting spoil so many people's views of the heavens?"



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: eclipse; lunareclipse; moon; ramadan2003; ramadandoubleeclipse; signsandwonders
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FR keywords of interest:
RAMADANDOUBLEECLIPSE and SIGNSANDWONDERS.


1 posted on 11/08/2003 1:55:59 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
How do GMT and EST relate, Toothy? I can never remember what 2200 GMT means to me in E. TN ... is that 10PM est?
2 posted on 11/08/2003 1:59:52 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: MHGinTN
Not sure which time zone you're in but EST is GMT minus 5hrs. CST is GMT minus 6hrs.
3 posted on 11/08/2003 2:01:54 PM PST by Severa (Wife of Freeper Hostel, USN STS3(SS) currently on 6 month deployment)
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To: Piltdown_Woman; RadioAstronomer
As-If-You-Didn't-Already-Know PING
4 posted on 11/08/2003 2:04:43 PM PST by martin_fierro (_____oooo_(____)_oooo_____)
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To: Severa
So the eclipse starts for E. TN (western side of the eastern time zone) about 5 PM est?
5 posted on 11/08/2003 2:08:58 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: MHGinTN
Our weather guy in Boston said it would start around 5:00pm and be complete around 8:00pm.
6 posted on 11/08/2003 2:14:39 PM PST by Mears
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To: CheneyChick; vikingchick; Victoria Delsoul; WIMom; kmiller1k; mhking; rdb3; Travis McGee; Shermy; ..





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7 posted on 11/08/2003 2:21:20 PM PST by Sabertooth (No Drivers' Licences for Illegal Aliens. Petition SB60. http://www.saveourlicense.com/n_home.htm)
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To: Mears
I'll get to observe some of it then! Great. Thanks. Heading for my Meade ...
8 posted on 11/08/2003 2:22:09 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Sabertooth
FR keywords of interest:
RAMADANDOUBLEECLIPSE and SIGNSANDWONDERS.

Hmmm I think you are onto something, but then again, according to Tom Oliver, the CPRE's head of rural policy, the sky is smeared with an ugly orange glow from light pollution spoiling so many people's views of the heavens.

9 posted on 11/08/2003 2:51:28 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul (I love the smell of winning, the taste of victory, and the joy of each glorious triumph)
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To: Sabertooth
Hoping to see the eclipse here!
10 posted on 11/08/2003 2:53:58 PM PST by rintense
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To: Sabertooth
Its cloudy and raining here, no eclipse for me
11 posted on 11/08/2003 3:07:30 PM PST by GeronL (Visit www.geocities.com/geronl)
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To: Sabertooth
Beware the penumbra!

It's got these emanations lurking around in it that have bedeviled us for thirty years.

12 posted on 11/08/2003 3:08:55 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Sabertooth
Partial phase of eclipse has just started. Left side of moon darkening up. Got lucky here, been cloudy for days, just cleared up this evening.
13 posted on 11/08/2003 3:36:24 PM PST by flair2000
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To: Sabertooth
I am taking pictures of this as we speak.....first sign of eclipse at 6:37pm est. I will post pictures at completion.
14 posted on 11/08/2003 3:39:21 PM PST by rs79bm (Insert Democratic principles and ideals here: .............this space intentionally left blank.....)
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To: rs79bm
Are you in Lake Placid and it has started there? Here in Cambridge - the People's Republik - it is awesome.
15 posted on 11/08/2003 3:45:12 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: martin_fierro
RadioAstronomer is unavailable at the moment, so please accept my thanks from both of us. :^)
16 posted on 11/08/2003 3:46:54 PM PST by Aracelis
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To: ladyjane
Near Lake Placid. I can literally just look out my window. I will have full 10-minute interval pictures around 8:30 or so when it is completed.
17 posted on 11/08/2003 3:49:27 PM PST by rs79bm (Insert Democratic principles and ideals here: .............this space intentionally left blank.....)
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To: flair2000
Saw it starting on my way home tonight. At first I thought it was a cloud.

Very neat!

18 posted on 11/08/2003 3:51:14 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his style)
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To: ladyjane
On Cape Cod-clear night. It is awesome. A nice chunk out of the moon's left hand side, and there is a visual effect of the moon splitting into three moons on the right.
19 posted on 11/08/2003 3:54:12 PM PST by orangestar
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To: Sabertooth
Anybody know when this will start on the Left Coast? Thanks.
20 posted on 11/08/2003 3:56:20 PM PST by vikingchick
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks for starting this thread, Sabertooth.

Eclipse is underway as seen in clear skies from western VA. The forecast this morning called for mostly cloudy skies. Sure am glad they were wrong.

I'm interested in folks' perceptions of the color of the eclipse. Will the CA fires redden it up?

Doesn't appear so at the moment, all looks black and white and many shades of gray.

21 posted on 11/08/2003 3:57:42 PM PST by ngc6656
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To: vikingchick
Anybody know when this will start on the Left Coast? Thanks.

The Moon leaves the umbral shadow at 10:05 p.m., E.S.T., that would be at 7:05 p.m. on the Left Coast.

22 posted on 11/08/2003 4:03:17 PM PST by ngc6656
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To: ngc6656
Seeing the same thing here. Moon close to half dark, no red at this time. Maybe the light from the uneclipsed side is drowning out the redness right now, and we will see it go red near totality.
23 posted on 11/08/2003 4:03:26 PM PST by flair2000
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To: ngc6656
I'm seeing a nice blue halo on the right hand side. It looks like a willy wonka gob swapper!
24 posted on 11/08/2003 4:04:04 PM PST by orangestar
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To: Sabertooth
Coming up in Southeast Alabama now. Can't wait for the red to start showing!
25 posted on 11/08/2003 4:07:54 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: orangestar
Gosh, I thought I was the only one seeing blue.
26 posted on 11/08/2003 4:08:48 PM PST by katnip (It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains)
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To: orangestar
I'm seeing a nice blue halo on the right hand side. It looks like a willy wonka gob swapper!

LOL, is it because I'm an old relic, or because I don't watch T.V. I have no idea what a willy wonka gob swapper is.

27 posted on 11/08/2003 4:11:06 PM PST by ngc6656
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To: katnip
I thought the blue halo might be the result of looking through the glass of my window. I went outside and saw the same blue halo - only brighter.
28 posted on 11/08/2003 4:11:49 PM PST by orangestar
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To: MHGinTN
Here you go: The World Clock - Time Zones
29 posted on 11/08/2003 4:12:38 PM PST by Unknown Freeper
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To: Alas Babylon!
Jimi Hendrix
Electric Ladyland (1968)
Voodoo Chile

Well, I'm a voodoo chile
Lord I'm a voodoo chile

Well, the night I was born
Lord I swear the moon turned a fire red
The night I was born
I swear the moon turned a fire red
Well my poor mother cried out 'lord, the gypsy was right!'
And I seen her fell down right dead
(Have mercy)

Well, mountain lions found me there waitin'
And set me on a eagles back
Well, mountain lions found me there,
And set me on a eagles wing
(Its' the eagles wing, baby, what did I say)
He took me past to the outskirts of infinity,
And when he brought me back,
He gave me a venus witch's ring
Hey!
And he said 'Fly on, fly on'
Because I'm a voodoo chile, baby, voodoo chile
Hey!

Well, I make love to you,
And lord knows you'll feel no pain
Say, I make love to you in your sleep,
And lord knows you felt no pain
(Have mercy)
'Cause I'm a million miles away
And at the same time I'm right here in your picture frame
(Yeah! What did I say now)
'Cause I'm a voodoo chile
Lord knows I'm a voodoo chile

Well my arrows are made of desire
From far away as Jupiters sulphur mines
Say my arrows are made of desire, desire
From far away as Jupiters sulphur mines
(Way down by the Methabe Sea, yeah)
I have a humming bird and it hums so loud,
You think you were losing your mind, hmmm...

Well I float in liquid gardens
And Arizona new red sand
(Yeah)
I float in liquid gardens
Way down in Arizona red sand

Well, I taste the honey from a flower named Blue,
Way down in California
And the n New York drowns as we hold hands

'Cause I'm a voodoo chile
Lord knows I'm a voodoo chile
Yeah!
30 posted on 11/08/2003 4:15:01 PM PST by Jack Black
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To: Flurry
Info.
31 posted on 11/08/2003 4:15:14 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only support FR by donating monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: orangestar
With binoculars, I'm now picking up a pinkish blush inside the umbral shadow on the Moon.
32 posted on 11/08/2003 4:15:36 PM PST by ngc6656
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To: Sabertooth
I'm jealous of y'all who can see it. It's cloudy here and I was hoping to get a glimpse, but can't see a thing in the sky but murk.
33 posted on 11/08/2003 4:16:26 PM PST by Allegra (CBS has canceled this tagline. It was "not due to controversy." Tom Daschle is disappointed.)
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To: orangestar
I did the same thing. Are you wearing glasses?
34 posted on 11/08/2003 4:16:52 PM PST by katnip (It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains)
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To: ngc6656
6656: Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. His secret candy invention. It was a giant suck-all-day that changed colors as it dissolved.
35 posted on 11/08/2003 4:17:01 PM PST by orangestar
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To: katnip
Yes, bifocs....:}
36 posted on 11/08/2003 4:18:41 PM PST by orangestar
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To: ngc6656
Thank you. I hope the cloud cover goes away so I can see it.
37 posted on 11/08/2003 4:18:53 PM PST by vikingchick
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To: orangestar
bttt
38 posted on 11/08/2003 4:18:58 PM PST by Unknown Freeper
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To: ngc6656
Am now seeing Orange Redish color on eclipsed part of moon.
39 posted on 11/08/2003 4:19:00 PM PST by rs79bm (Insert Democratic principles and ideals here: .............this space intentionally left blank.....)
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To: orangestar
Progressives for me. If I take my glasses off, the color is more brownish red than blue, but then I can't see much
either :-)
40 posted on 11/08/2003 4:20:02 PM PST by katnip (It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains)
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To: orangestar
6656: Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. His secret candy invention. It was a giant suck-all-day that changed colors as it dissolved.

That's a good analogy for a lunar eclipse, except for the duration part. Thanks.

41 posted on 11/08/2003 4:22:46 PM PST by ngc6656
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To: orangestar
It was a giant suck-all-day that changed colors as it dissolved.

My Redskins suck all day.

For those cloud impaired tonight, the moon is over half eclipsed, with the eclipsed area showing a dark red color.
42 posted on 11/08/2003 4:27:39 PM PST by flair2000
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To: Sabertooth; All


Took this picture at 7:23 EST. I'll have more later.
43 posted on 11/08/2003 4:33:13 PM PST by rs79bm (Insert Democratic principles and ideals here: .............this space intentionally left blank.....)
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To: flair2000
Red, White, And Blue. Cool.
44 posted on 11/08/2003 4:33:52 PM PST by orangestar
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To: rs79bm
Took this picture at 7:23 EST. I'll have more later.

Excellent! Post others as you have time.

45 posted on 11/08/2003 4:38:10 PM PST by ngc6656
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To: Sabertooth
There's that prenumbra the Supreme Court keeps talking about. I don't see one damn word in it.

46 posted on 11/08/2003 4:42:25 PM PST by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: William Terrell
There's that prenumbra the Supreme Court keeps talking about. I don't see one damn word in it.

Their penumbral-found words are eclipsed by logic and rationality.

47 posted on 11/08/2003 4:50:27 PM PST by ngc6656
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To: ngc6656


Took this at 7:43 EST.
48 posted on 11/08/2003 5:00:32 PM PST by rs79bm (Insert Democratic principles and ideals here: .............this space intentionally left blank.....)
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To: flair2000
For those cloud impaired tonight, the moon is over half eclipsed, with the eclipsed area showing a dark red color.

Approaching mid-eclipse, to me the Moon appears a pale orange through binoculars. The color appears more subdued in a small telescope at 50x. The difference between what you perceive and what I perceive may be due to differences in the color sensitivity of our eyes and differences in the atmospheres from where we observe.

49 posted on 11/08/2003 5:16:45 PM PST by ngc6656
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To: Sabertooth
dang. overcast in Salt Lake Valley. dang.
50 posted on 11/08/2003 5:21:05 PM PST by glock rocks ( I don't care if you got no legs... dance on your knees !)
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